South Fulton County

Police: Witnesses help officers catch hit-and-run driver who killed pedestrian

SOUTH FULTON COUNTY, Ga. — Police are investigating a hit-and-run crash where a driver killed a pedestrian Monday morning in city of South Fulton.

According to South Fulton police department spokeswoman Cpl. Maureen Smith, the person was hit on Old National Highway and Jerome Road around 7 a.m.

Authorities say the person was trying to cross the street near the bus stop, but never made it across.

Yolanda Taylor said it is not uncommon to hear about a pedestrian killed on Old National Highway.

"There's always accidents over there," Taylor said. "I think it's very sad."

Channel 2's Tyisha Fernandes learned from authorities that the driver left the scene.

However, a short time later -- not too far from crash -- police found the driver and arrested him. Witnesses helped with the arrest.


"They got what they deserved," Taylor said.

Investigators collected evidence and recreated the accident. They are still trying to figure out if speed was a factor.

However, police have confirmed that the pedestrian was not using a crosswalk.

Some residents said they appreciate city leaders for putting these sidewalks in. They are hoping crosswalks are coming next.

"I think everyone needs to do their part to do the right thing and I think it'll assist with fewer accidents," said resident India Caldwell.

But one resident also said crosswalks don't work if people don't use them.

Residents said pedestrians need to make sure they're in a crosswalk and drivers need to be more careful and alert.

"They need to slow down; it says a highway but that’s really not a highway, but I guess that’s why they drive like that,” said resident Danny Walker.