• Scooter rider killed in crash with officer; Investigation launched

    By: Tyisha Fernandes

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    ATLANTA - Georgia State Patrol has identified a man who was killed while riding a scooter in Atlanta.

    The rider was identified as Marvin King, 59, of Atlanta. He was not wearing a helmet, according to troopers. 

    The crash happened in the intersection of Newcastle Street and Washington Place around 4:30 p.m. Wednesday.

    The Department of Public Safety told Channel 2 Action News King was pronounced dead at Grady Memorial Hospital.


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    Officials said Officer Ryan Chandler, 24, was left uninjured but was also taken to Grady Memorial Hospital for evaluation.

    An investigation showed Chandler ran through a stop sign without using emergency equipment. 

    A witness showed Channel 2 Action News new video showing an officer giving King CPR. 

    "I came running down the street. All I saw was this man laying in the middle of the ground," Melanie Gonzalez said.

    Gonzalez said she could not sleep Wednesday night after seeing the terrible crash. She said she could not get the images out of her head.

    "It's just crazy," Gonzalez said.

    Gonzalez said what caught her attention was the officer driving fast on the wrong side of the road.

    "He was on the wrong side of the street and ran right into him. He hit that man so hard, you could see from the impact of the windshield," Gonzalez said.

    Atlanta Police officials suspended Chandler with pay as Georgia State Patrol officials investigate the crash. Because of the seriousness of the crash, APD asked GSP to take the lead on the investigation.

    "I think he should be fired. I think he should be fired, and I think the city should pay out to his family. It's not going to bring him back, but at least his family can have some kind of closure," Gonzalez said.

    Charges are pending the completion of the investigation, which remains ongoing.

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