Man, 20, killed while changing tire near Spaghetti Junction

A 20-year-old man was struck and killed Wednesday morning while changing a tire near Spaghetti Junction, according to DeKalb County police.

David Wesley, of Stone Mountain, was on the I-85 northbound ramp from I-285 north when he pulled over onto the right shoulder around 5:30 a.m., Maj. S.R. Fore said.

Wesley was changing a tire on the driver’s side when he was hit by a Nissan Sentra, driven by a 21-year-old man who stopped at the scene, Fore said. The investigation into the fatal crash continued Wednesday afternoon.

An Oregon native, Wesley was on his way to work at a Buckhead Starbucks at the time he was killed, his girlfriend, Sarina Ivory, told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Ivory, also 20, said she and Wesley met as high school students when both were selected to attend a 5-week music program at Boston's Berklee College of Music.

After graduating from high school, Wesley moved to the Atlanta area to be with Ivory.

“He inspired me every day,” Sarina said. “He had that very bubbly, sweet personality, everybody loved him. He’s one of the most amazing people I’ve ever met.”

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