A woman died after being run over by a vehicle that also hit this SUV parked along Arizona Avenue in northeast Atlanta on Nov. 11, 2015.

Ex-Atlanta restaurant owner found guilty of killing friend with car

As she left a dinner-and-drinks date with a friend on Nov. 11, 2015, Tracy Mitchell looked drunk, prompting an employee to offer to call her a ride.

Mitchell, who at the time was owner of the now-shuttered Emory Village restaurant Bad Dog Taqueria, declined and instead drove the friend home, according to the DeKalb County District Attorney’s Office. When 33-year-old Emily Cameron was getting out of the car on Arizona Avenue in Atlanta, Mitchell’s car suddenly accelerated in reverse, throwing Cameron to the ground.

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Mitchell drove over her body, hit a parked car and got out to see what she’d done, according to surveillance video. Mitchell then got back in the car and fled, leaving her friend, who was a photographer and worked at The Pinewood in Decatur, dead in the road.

The 47-year-old surrendered the next day and was charged with vehicular homicide and hit and run.

During trial last week, Mitchell, whose restaurant closed in 2016, blamed a vehicle defect for the sudden acceleration, but prosecutors refuted that through testimony from the manufacturer. 

Mitchell was found guilty and sentenced to 15 years in prison by Superior Court Judge Daniel Coursey.

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