DeKalb County

Hairstylist killed in I-20 crash after man driving car in front of her was shot

DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. — Family and friends are remembering a hairstylist killed in a bizarre crash on I-20 over the weekend.

Marie Fleuristin was driving eastbound near Wesley Chapel Road around 10 p.m. Sunday when the man driving the car in front of her was shot.

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His car stopped in the middle of the highway causing Fleuristin to hit his car from behind.

She got out of her car to check on him and that’s when a tractor-trailer hit and killed her.


Police still do not know who shot the man, identified as Jesse Dempsey, 41.

Friends say Fleuristin was a hairdresser at the Cherry Blossom salon in northeast Atlanta.

They are remembering her as a positive light wherever she went.

“If she fell down and she got up she came out even stronger,” friend Diane Rivera said. “It’s a great loss.”

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Fleuristin moved down here last year from New York.

A worker at her salon tearfully told Channel 2′s Tom Jones that Fleuristin had a good heart inside and out.

The 39-year-old leaves behind a daughter.

“She was always positive. and to see that happen it was just wow. I just can’t believe it,” friend Anthony Pinto said.