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Man refueling vehicle hit, killed on side of I-285 in northwest Atlanta

A Virginia man putting gas into his vehicle on the side of I-285 was hit early Sunday morning and killed, police said. 

The man, identified by the Fulton County Medical Examiner’s office as 35-year-old Larry Sawyer of Radford, was stopped on the right shoulder of I-285 North near the Bolton Road exit about 4:30 a.m. when a vehicle rear-ended his. 

“The impact caused the victim to be thrown into the lanes of travel, where he was struck by another vehicle that was traveling north on I-285,” Atlanta police spokesman Officer Jarius Daugherty said in a statement. “The driver of that vehicle remained on scene and is cooperating with the investigation.”

Sawyer was pronounced dead at the scene. 

The driver of the first vehicle was determined to be at fault after an initial investigation, police said. Charges have not yet been filed. 

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Two people in the same vehicle were taken to Grady Memorial Hospital to be treated for unspecified injuries, according to police. Their conditions were not released. 

The crash is still under investigation, Daugherty said. 

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