Police: Driver who struck and killed man, saw victim, drove off

The driver who police said struck and killed a pedestrian in Tucker on Wednesday morning stopped, got out, briefly looked at the victim, and then just drove off. Police are now asking for the public’s help in finding that driver and possibly another involved.

The crash happened around 6:30 a.m. near Mountain Industrial Blvd. at Highway 78. DeKalb County police said the pedestrian was struck by a silver or gray Honda Accord and may have been struck by a second vehicle, a Nissan Rogue.

Kristi Stringer said she was walking along the bridge on Mountain Industrial Boulevard when she heard what sound like a crash.

“It sounded like a car wreck but not really. And a man in a white, silver car pulled up he jumped out of the car and he ran around the back, he got in and then he left. I said, ‘Oh he’s running from a crash,’” Stringer said.

The car headed westbound on Highway 78.

She soon learned the man hadn’t hit another car.

“And then I look up and I see there’s a man lying in the road. As I got closer, I noticed he wasn’t breathing,” Stringer said.

Stringer said she spoke with the man just a couple of hours before he was killed.

She said she wants the driver who fled to do the right now.

“Get it off your conscience. Do the right thing for the family,” Stringer said.

The Honda police are looking for is believed to have been made between 1998 and 2001. It would have front-end damage to the left side, specifically to the outboard mirror and headlight.

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The Nissan was made between 2007 and 2015, police said. It may have damage to the undercarriage and the driver may have not known they struck the person.

Car parts at the scene helped to identify the make and model of each vehicle.

Police also need help to identify the victim who is a Black man between 35 and 40 years old.

Anyone with information is asked to call the DeKalb County Police Department Traffic Specialist division at 770-724-7610.