Funeral arrangements announced for 911 dispatcher killed in attempted robbery, crash

Funeral arrangements have been announced for an Atlanta Police Department 911 dispatcher who was killed Sunday in a collision while fleeing an attempted robbery.

A viewing for Nikita Denise Thomas will be held from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday in Gregory Levett and Son Funeral Home, 4347 Flat Shoals Parkway, Decatur. The funeral will be at noon Tuesday at Green Forest Community Baptist Church, 3188 Rainbow Drive, Decatur.

Thomas, 34, was a front-seat passenger in an SUV driven by DeMetris Terrell, who was trying to get away from armed robbers in southwest Atlanta when he collided head-on with a MARTA bus, police said. Thomas, a 911 communications supervisor who joined the APD in 2002, was dead at the scene.

Terrell, 39, who was shot as he fled the attempted robbery, died at Grady Memorial Hospital. Police said the gunshot wound, not injuries from the wreck, most likely killed him.

Thomas' 13-year-old son, who was in the backseat of the SUV, was released from the hospital the next morning.

The robbers approached the SUV in the 2500 block of Susan Lane, investigators said, and the collision with the MARTA bus was at the intersection of Campbellton and Barge roads, about one-third of a mile away.

The investigation is continuing. Crime Stoppers Atlanta is offering a $5,000 reward. Call 404-577-8477.