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7 pedestrians hit, 4 killed in weekend crashes in Georgia

Over a nearly 22-hour period that started Friday and ended Saturday, four pedestrians were killed and three more were injured in weekend crashes in Clarke, Clayton, Cobb, DeKalb and Fulton counties, authorities said.

The first occurred about 8:30 p.m. in Athens when 74-year-old Patricia Barker was hit by a 2014 Honda Odyssey as she crossed from the north side to the south side of West Broad Street and Briarcliff Road, Athens-Clarke County police spokesman Epifanio Rodriguez said Monday in a news release.

The investigation found that Barker crossed six lanes of traffic before the van struck her. She was taken to a local hospital, where she later died from her injuries, Rodriguez said.

“No charges have been filed in this case and this continues to be an ongoing investigation,” he said.

Thirty minutes later in southeast Atlanta, 40-year-old Dondrill Tye died in a hit-and-run on Moreland and Custer avenues, according to Channel 2 Action News. A description of the vehicle involved in the deadly crash and other details have not been released.

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The crashes continued Saturday, first in Clayton County.

Around 9:30 a.m., a stolen delivery truck hit two 17-year-old girls and a 42-year-old woman on Mount Zion Boulevard, according to Clayton County police. 

The three all were taken to a hospital with broken bones and abrasions, and one of the 17-year-olds was treated for head trauma, according to Channel 2. 

The truck was allegedly stolen by a 16-year-old boy, who will likely face multiple felonies, according to police. 

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About an hour later in DeKalb, a pedestrian was hit outside Memorial Bend Shopping Center in the 5100 block of Memorial Drive near Stone Mountain, Channel 2 reported.

According to DeKalb police spokesman Sgt. J.D. Spencer, the victim crossed Memorial Drive outside of a crosswalk, stopped in the roadway and was hit by a vehicle traveling west on Memorial Drive. The driver of the vehicle and several witnesses stopped. 

The victim, identified Tuesday as 63-year-old male Borislav Jovicic, was pronounced dead at Grady Memorial Hospital, DeKalb fire Capt. Dion Bentley told Channel 2.

“Traffic violations do not appear to be a factor,” Spencer said. “The investigation is still ongoing.” 

And Cobb police are investigating after a 64-year-old Marietta man was hit attempting to cross South Cobb Drive just after 6:15 p.m. According to police spokeswoman Officer Sarah O’Hara, a black 2009 Toyota Yaris was traveling east on South Cobb Drive. As the car approached Appleton Drive, Clarence E. Martin was hit, she said.

Martin was taken to WellStar Kennestone Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Charges are not expected to be filed against the driver, who was not injured in the crash.

Anyone with information about the Cobb crash is asked to contact police at 770-499-3987.

Tye’s family hopes someone will come forward with information that can help Atlanta police make an arrest in Friday night’s fatal wreck.

 

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