Marietta police are investigating the death of a 50-year-old man who was walking across South Marietta Parkway at Rose Drive at around 10:11 p.m., when he was hit by a silver 2004 Pontiac Grand Am driven by Sheila Mize, 57, of Marietta.
Police said the man had walked outside of the crosswalk.
He was transported to WellStar Kennestone Hospital in Marietta, where he died of his injuries during surgery, according to authorities.
The man’s name is being withheld by police pending further investigation and family notification. Investigators are evaluating possible charges in the incident.
“Obviously, whenever a pedestrian is struck by a vehicle it has the potential for a very tragic outcome,” said Marietta Officer Michael Gardner.
“With that being said there is always a concern to keep pedestrians out of the road and when they must cross to do it safely in a crosswalk. I cannot speak to the other pedestrian accidents in recent days since they did not occur within the city limits.”
Saturday’s incident follows two other pedestrian fatalities that have occurred back-to-back.
On Friday night, an Austell pedestrian was fatally struck while attempting to cross Austell Road south of Floyd Road in Marietta.
Wendy L. Nolan, 39, was transported by ambulance to WellStar Kennestone Hospital in Marietta, where she was pronounced dead, Cobb police reported.
Police said Nolan stepped into the path of a red 2004 Toyota Corolla, which was traveling north on Austell Road. The Toyota was driven by Jasmine N. Hamm, 24, of Austell. Hamm was not injured and isn’t expected to be charged, police said.
Meanwhile, funeral arrangements have been made for Charles H. Collins, a former McEachern High School head football coach and Atlanta Falcons chaplain, who was struck Thursday evening while attempting to cross Atlanta Road in Smyrna. He was pronounced dead later that night at Emory Adventist Hospital.
Police said Collins was hit outside of the crosswalk by Nicholas W. Bryant, 25, of Carrollton, who was driving south in a 2004 Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck, just before 7 p.m. Bryant is not expected to be charged.
A memorial service for Collins will be conducted at 1 p.m. today at Smyrna First United Methodist Church, 1315 Concord Road, Smyrna. Collins, 66, is survived by wife, Pam; six children; and eight grandchildren.
Gardner said Marietta police work to educate the public about safety tips concerning crosswalk usage, understanding traffic control devices, and explaining the laws that relate to pedestrians on roadways.
“While enforcing the laws, we look for pedestrians outside of crosswalks, darting into traffic, pedestrians who are under the influence of alcohol and other violations,” he said.
“If an area is found to have an issue that is beyond the work that officers can do through those traditional methods we can look at engineering. This method involves speaking with other government agencies such as the department of transportation or the public works department, to evaluate any improvements that could be made regarding things like signs, roadway markings, or other appropriate improvements with the targeted area.”
Anyone with information about Saturday’s pedestrian fatality is asked to contact Officer Michael Gardner of the Marietta Police Department at (770) 794-5266.