Police: Woman killed by local man driving drunk
by Nikki Wiley
September 16, 2013 12:12 AM | 6461 views | 3 3 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Mark Edward Hume
Mark Edward Hume
SMYRNA — A woman is dead after police say she was struck by a man driving drunk on Windy Hill Road on Saturday night.

Amaliss Baskin Martin, 51, of Smyrna, was pronounced dead at WellStar Kennestone Hospital after being hit by a driver on Windy Hill Road near Village Parkway in Smyrna at about 10:30 p.m. Saturday.

Police say Mark Edward Hume, 54, also of Smyrna, was drunk when he struck Martin.

He faces charges of felony vehicular homicide, driving under the influence, reckless driving and improper use of a center turn lane.

Smyrna Mayor Max Bacon says it’s all too common to see pedestrians walking on a busy highway.

“We have a lot of people that their only method of transportation is using the (Cobb Community Transit buses) or they’re walking and there are so many people that have lost their lives dashing across whether it be South Cobb Drive, Windy Hill, or Cobb Parkway,” Bacon said.

Bacon said it’s “absolutely terrible” that a life was lost in an accident where an alleged drunk driver was involved, and something needs to be done to educate pedestrians about safety.

“A lot of times government doesn’t want to admit that they’re wrong but we can always look at ways to help people because there are so many people who are either walking or catching the CCT and we ought to help them,” Bacon said.

Hume remains in jail without bond.

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September 17, 2013
But didn't I just read on this site that nobody walks in Cobb and that cars are the only elements on the road worthy of consideration? News flash folks, Cobb is diversifying and not everyone who lives here owns a car. Transit, sidewalks, and bike lanes are what's needed to improve road safety, that and having fewer drunks controlling 1-ton weapons late at night.

"Educating" pedestrians is not the solution to this problem.
September 16, 2013
I came upon this right after it happened, and called 911. It was very dark in the area, and while it is so unfortunate that someone lost their life and their loved one, I could see where this could easily happen if a pedestrian is in dark clothing, and crossing except at a crosswalk. Windy Hill is always a busy road, no matter what time of day/night and at the time this happened, it was very dark in the area, and would be difficult to see someone crossing. My prayers go out to all involved.
September 17, 2013
This was my friend and my heart is broken that I recieved this news that such a special person has lost her life like this ..thanks for calling 911..
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