Car strikes, kills Riverdale teen running from pit bull

A 17-year-old Riverdale boy who ran into traffic to escape a loose pit bull was killed early Saturday after a car struck him on Old National Highway.

About 1 a.m., Davon Jiggetts got off a bus on Old National Highway and Hillside Road, and the pit bull chased him, Det. Melissa Parker with the Fulton County Police Department said.

With the dog running behind him, Jiggetts dashed into traffic and was struck by a car. The teen and the pit bull were killed, Parker said.

It was the second time this week that a Georgia teen died after being struck by a car while running away from a dog. Demonta Collins, 13, of Augusta, died Thursday night after he was struck by a 2001 Acura on Milledgeville Road, the Richmond County Sheriff's Office said. The dog's owner was issued a citation for an alleged violation of Georgia's leash law, according to The Augusta Chronicle.

The driver of the car in the latest case will not be charged, Parker said.

Police are investigating how the dog got loose, she said.

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