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Driver charged after pedestrian hit, killed in DeKalb

A driver has been charged after a pedestrian was hit and killed in a crosswalk in Decatur, a police spokeswoman said.

The deadly incident happened about 3:20 p.m. Tuesday when the driver was leaving the Kroger parking lot and turning left onto Commerce Drive, Lt. Jennifer Ross said.


Two pedestrians were crossing Commerce Drive at North Candler Street, Ross said. The eastbound vehicle hit one of them.

“The driver of the vehicle stated she did not see the pedestrians in the crosswalk,” Ross said.

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The driver, identified as Angeline Holcombe, 84, of Decatur,  was cited for failing to yield to a pedestrian in a crosswalk.

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The pedestrian, identified as Judith Merlin, 72, of Decatur, in a police report, suffered deep cuts to her upper body, face and one arm and was taken to a hospital, according to police.

Hospital staff found Merlin had internal injuries that led to her death.

Merlin founded A Friend of the Family, a family-care staffing agency, according to website and Facebook information.

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