Within six hours overnight, two pedestrians were killed by vehicles on the same one-mile stretch of a busy Clayton County road.
The two victims, who were not identified, were both hit near the Jonesboro Commuter Park and Ride lot on Tara Boulevard. Both were attempting to cross the six-lane highway outside of a crosswalk, the Georgia State Patrol said.
Troopers and Jonesboro police officers responded to the first incident about 10 p.m. Monday. A Chevrolet Trailblazer struck a pedestrian with its front right bumper, according to GSP. Authorities have not been able to locate the victim’s family in that incident.
Less than six hours later, troopers were called to the same stretch of Tara Boulevard after a pedestrian was hit by a northbound Kenworth tractor-trailer, the state agency said.
Investigators determined that a woman was trying to cross the roadway near Veterans Parkway when she was hit about 4:20 a.m. Tuesday. She was pronounced dead at the scene and identified by the GSP as 23-year-old Mabinty Kamara of New Hampshire.
The investigation shut down two right lanes near Smith Street during the morning rush, leaving just one northbound lane open for several hours. There were significant delays through Jonesboro, according to the WSB 24-hour Traffic Center.
Both incidents are still under investigation. The GSP did not say if either driver will face charges.
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