THE LATEST: Woman hit trying to cross I-85 in DeKalb 

THE LATEST: Woman hit trying to cross I-85 in DeKalb 

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Brett Barnhill
A serious crash is causing delays on I-85 North in DeKalb County, police said.
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  • The woman was taken to a local hospital.
  • She is expected to survive.
  • This is the latest crash involving pedestrians on major metro Atlanta interstates.

For at least the sixth time this month, a pedestrian has been hit trying to cross a major metro Atlanta interstate.

The latest incident occurred early Tuesday on I-85 North at Shallowford Road in DeKalb County, according to police.

“It appears that a woman was struck as she was attempting to cross 85,” DeKalb police spokeswoman Shiera Campbell told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. 

The woman was taken to a local hospital, but is expected to survive, Campbell said.

The entire northbound side of the interstate was temporarily blocked. All lanes reopened shortly after 8:15 a.m.


Just last week, two pedestrians died in accidents five hours apart, Atlanta police said. Tommy Jerkins, 46, of Douglasville, was hit about 6:30 p.m. Wednesday as he walked across I-20 West at I-285. And Dale Wentworth, a 52-year-old homeless man, was struck about midnight as he tried to run across both sides of I-20 West at Joseph E. Lowery Boulevard.

Less than 24 hours before Jerkins’ death, three southbound drivers hit and critically injured a woman trying to cross the Downtown Connector on Nov. 14, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution previously reported. The status of that woman was not known early Tuesday.

It was the second pedestrian accident on the connector in less than a week. Georgia Tech student Kaden Campbell, 19, was struck and killed by an SUV on Nov. 10 while attempting to cross the same interstate.

And in yet another accident, James Ellis died Nov. 8 while trying to cross I-20 East near Panola Road, police said.

Using the interstate as a pedestrian is a violation of state law, according to the Georgia Department of Transportation, which released a statement after last week’s deadly crashes.

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