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.