1 killed, 5 injured after valet driver failed to put car in park, police say

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ATLANTA - Police said a valet driver hit six people, killing a woman in Midtown Atlanta as he was trying to stop a moving car.

It happened around 12:30 a.m. Saturday at 11th and Juniper streets.

Atlanta police said the valet driver got out of a car but forgot to put it in park.

There was a group of people standing between the car and another one as it began to roll back, police said.

"He jumped back into the car to stop the car and he inadvertently hit the gas instead of the brake,” Lt. Bryan Paden said.

Police identified the woman killed as Ebony McCrae Curley, 33. She was visiting from out of town.


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"A freak, weird, horrible accident," Patrick Brooks said.

Brooks is a manager at the Einstein's restaurant near the accident scene. 

"The lady was in from Connecticut to celebrate Easter with her friends and family, so we're really sad," he said. 

Brooks said the independent valet company, Sunshine Parking, has surveillance video that police will review. 

"There's video footage that's been given to APD and they're conducting a thorough investigation," he said. 

Police said the driver is not expected to face any charges and was not taken to jail. 

Sunshine Parking released the following statement: 

"The entire sunshine parking team is devastated by the tragic event that occurred between one of our staff members and a guest last night. Our thoughts and prayers are with the victim’s family."