Family, friends think loved one killed in hit-and-run

by: Craig Lucie Updated:

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ATLANTA - Friends and family members of the man who was found dead near a northwest Atlanta creek think he may have been involved in a hit-and-run before he died.

Channel 2's Craig Lucie interviewed Corey Goodwin's mother, Susan McGee. She told Lucie about his wife of six years.

Katerina Goodwin is in Russia visiting family, but she's now on her way home after finding out her 38-year-old husband was found dead Tuesday.

McGee told us Lucie that her son was a great DJ who loved to entertain people.

"He had a smile that was so infectious. People would just be happy. People just flocked to him. His personality was so big," McGee said.

McGee said Goodwin was on the phone with a friend Sunday night when he suddenly shouted.

"The person said he said 'somebody hit me.' They heard the crash and he spun out," explained McGee.
Another friend told Lucie a similar account of his words.

"His words were, 'I can't believe it! Someone just hit me! Hold on' and he tried to get to a safe location, said Christine Morrison.

Goodwin's friends found the bumper to his blue BMW on a stretch of I-75 between Howell Mill and Moores Mill Road.

"The real question is … how this accident happened?" said Travis Gilbert who is a close friend of Goodwin's.

Right now, friends think Goodwin became disoriented along the interstate after the impact, climbed over the wall and fell to his death.

"He probably thought it was a fence and didn't know it was such a steep drop-off," said McGee.

Atlanta police said there were no signs of foul play when his body was found Tuesday.

Detectives told us Thursday that they are not releasing any additional information since it's an open investigation.

Meanwhile, his wife Katerina is trying to get back and his friends are now helping plan his funeral.

"He was just a great, likeable person. Everybody enjoyed being around him," said Gilbert.

Corey Goodwin was planning an event Saturday where he was going to be a DJ. His mother told Lucie that his friends are now going to make that an event to remember him.



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