Lyft driver at fault in NW Atlanta crash that killed passenger, police say

A Lyft passenger was killed Thursday night when a semi-truck crashed into the side of his driver’s car, Channel 2 Action News reported. 

The crash happened around 9:30 p.m. at the intersection of Perry Boulevard and Johnson Road in northwest Atlanta. According to police, a sedan was traveling west on Perry Boulevard and ran a red light at the intersection. A semi-truck going south on Johnson Road slammed into the car’s passenger side. 

The passenger in the sedan, 42-year-old Mickey Pouncy-Jones, died as a result of his injuries. He worked for the Atlanta Mission, which is a Christian nonprofit that battles homelessness, Channel 2 Action News reported.

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The car’s driver, 29-year-old Aaron Ragins, was taken to Grady Memorial Hospital with injuries, Atlanta police spokesman Officer Jarius Daugherty said. He was stable at the scene.

Daugherty confirmed charges are pending against him. 

Lyft spokesman Campbell Matthews released the following statement: “We are deeply saddened by the news of this accident and extend our sincerest sympathies to the family and friends impacted by this tragic loss of life. We are standing ready to assist law enforcement with their investigation.”

The impact of the collision damaged a traffic signal box, Channel 2 reported. The intersection functioned as a four-way stop Friday morning. 

Correction: An earlier report said the victim was a woman. However, the person who died was a man, according to Channel 2 Action News.

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