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Officer hit directing traffic in front of Buckhead school; driver cited

A driver was cited Thursday after she hit an officer who was directing traffic in front of Pace Academy in Buckhead, Atlanta police said.

Officer Melody Tillman was attempting to stop several cars on West Paces Ferry Road when a car failed to stop and struck her, police spokesman Donald Hannah said. The incident happened about 7:35 a.m. 

Atlanta police investigator Melody Tillman (Credit: Atlanta Police Department)

Tillman is in stable condition, recovering at Grady Memorial Hospital, according to police.

The 63-year-old driver remained on the scene and received a citation for failure to obey an authorized person directing traffic, Hannah said.

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In an email to Pace Academy parents, head of school Fred Assaf said the accident did not involve students, faculty, staff or parents.

“And all members of the Pace community are safe,” Assaf said. “This incident serves as a sober reminder to drive slowly, put down your phones and pay attention to your surroundings, particularly when driving near or on our school campus.”

Pace Academy set up a donation page for Tillman, saying the officer would be out of work for some time.

The school noted Tillman was in “good spirits.”

In addition to the donations page, representatives of the school’s Parents Club plan to facilitate meal deliveries to Tillman and her family at the appropriate time.

“Officer Tillman has been part of the Pace community for many years,” Assaf said. “She has watched out for and protected our students, parents, faculty and staff, and we will do the same for her during this difficult time.” 

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