Woman caught after allegedly killing pedestrian, carjacking vehicles

MARIETTA, Ga. — Police say they have a driver in custody who killed pedestrian and carjacked two drivers in Cobb County and attempted another in Atlanta on Wednesday morning.

Marietta police officer Jim Rakestraw said the incident began on Interstate 575 when a female driver, identified as 43-year-old Kristie Nesby, was involved in a hit-and run. Nesby then drove to the intersection of Cobb Parkway and Bells Ferry Road where she hit a female pedestrian around 6:15 a.m. The pedestrian was transported to Kennestone Hospital, where she later died.

Rakestraw said Nesby then carjacked a vehicle in the area, drove to the intersection of Canton Road and I-75 where she carjacked another vehicle.

“Allegedly after that, she decided to flee the scene and actually stole someone's vehicle. She was armed with a handgun so it was a carjacking. She stole a vehicle and she traveled into Atlanta,” said Cobb County officer Alicia Chilton.

Nesby then apparently drove into Atlanta, where Atlanta police say she wrecked her car driving west on the eastbound lanes of Ponce de Leon Avenue. Police say she tried to take another car at gunpoint but was taken down by officers in front of the Majestic Diner.

“Well, the scene, the magnitude is pretty great if you encompass what just happened in Cobb County and here in the city of Atlanta. There's some significant property damage, a loss of life and, you know, those are serious crimes,” said Atlanta Sgt. Warren Pickard.

Cobb County is taking the lead in the investigation.

Nesby is facing felony murder, aggravated assault, vehicular homicide, reckless driving, hit-and-run, aggravated armed robbery, motor vehicle hijacking, and other charges.