Cobb pedestrian, 71, killed in wild metro Atlanta crime spree

Police on Friday identified a pedestrian struck and killed during a wild crime spree that spanned two metro Atlanta counties.

Luci James Yarborough Turner, 71, of Marietta, was walking on a sidewalk on Cobb Parkway just before 6:15 a.m. Wednesday when Kristie Renee Nesby “intentionally left her lane of travel” and hit Turner without stopping, Cobb County police Officer Alicia Chilton said.

Nesby, 43, of Fresno, Texas, was caught after a bizarre series of events that began early Wednesday in Smyrna, continued on Cobb Parkway near Bells Ferry Road and ended in front of the Majestic Diner in Atlanta, authorities said.

She was arrested on charges of murder, vehicular homicide, hit and run, aggravated assault, armed robbery, vehicle hijacking, reckless driving and failure to maintain lane, police said.

A Cobb magistrate judge on Thursday denied bond for Nesby and scheduled a “no bond” hearing for May 31 in Cobb Superior Court, a court spokeswoman said. Nesby will remain in the Cobb County Adult Detention Center until then.

According to police in Cobb and Marietta, who are investigating the accidents and crashes, Nesby robbed a cleaners in Smyrna before driving into Turner on Cobb Parkway. Turner later died at WellStar Kennestone Hospital.

“After striking the pedestrian, the suspect carjacked another motorist’s vehicle and fled the scene southbound on Cobb Parkway,” Marietta police spokesman Jared Rakestraw said. “A short distance down the road near Canton Road and I-75, the suspect committed an additional carjacking and fled that scene as well.”

Nesby made it to Atlanta, crashed into three cars, got out of the vehicle and ran down Ponce de Leon Avenue with the gun, police said.

She tried to take other vehicles before Atlanta police took her down in front of the Majestic Diner, Chilton said.

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