According to Fulton County police spokeswoman Cpl. Kay Lester, Toatley was driving westbound on South Fulton Parkway at about 12:30 a.m. when he was head-on near the Buffington Road exit. The red SUV that struck him was driving in the wrong direction, Lester said.
Toatley’s car burst into flames.
Five people — three adults and two juveniles — were in the wrong-way vehicle, Lester said, and all of them were taken to local hospitals. One woman was in critical condition.
Their identities were not released.
Lester said the crash remains under investigation.
“No charges have been filed at this time,” she said.
DeKalb County police spokesman Capt. S.R. Fore said Toatley was hired by the department in Jan. 2007. The crash that claimed his life came several hours after another DeKalb County officer, Marco Vizcarrando, was wounded during a shootout outside a Tucker-area gas station.
On Facebook, DeKalb-based United States Rep. Hank Johnson wrote that his thoughts and prayers were with Toatley’s “family, friends and law enforcement family.” The DeKalb Fraternal Order of Police called Toatley’s death “very sad news.”
“Our condolences to Officer Toatley’s family, both blood and blue,” the group wrote early Saturday.