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Man dies of heart attack after wreck on Memorial Drive in DeKalb

A man who died after a New Year’s Eve car wreck on Memorial Drive in Atlanta didn’t lose his life because of the impact, but instead, to a heart attack, police said.

Boyse Park, 64, was driving a 2003 Chevrolet Silverado when, his fiancee said, a Kia Rio suddenly turned in front of the truck, an Atlanta police report said. After the wreck, which forced officers to block Memorial Drive at Wyman Street at 7 p.m., Park spoke with officers and said he wasn’t injured, though he was short of breath.

His fiance, Mary Holt, said the trouble breathing started after the accident.

“After several minutes, Mr. Park was no longer alert, conscious or breathing,” the report said. 

Park, an Atlanta resident, was taken to Grady Memorial Hospital from the scene, which was on the DeKalb County side of Atlanta. Doctors determined he had no trauma from the accident, but had had a heart attack.

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Holt said Park had a green light, but the other driver said it was yellow when she turned in front of Holt.

The other driver was cited for allegedly not having her license with her, but showed a picture of it to officers. She was released. The report said the officer was waiting to reach a witness for further investigation. The man had been at the scene and left his phone number.

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The woman said she wishes she could have done more to help the man.