Third pedestrian struck, killed in 3 days
by Marcus E. Howard
mhoward@mdjonline.com
February 27, 2012 01:24 AM | 7461 views | 24 24 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
MARIETTA – A third pedestrian was struck and killed Saturday night in Cobb County for the third consecutive day.

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.
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diane f
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March 08, 2012
Cross walks I doubt are the problem. People cross in the middle of the 4 lane roads with all those middle turn lanes with people coming at each other from all directions. I live mostly in Jersey and spend what little time I have to in Georgia and all I can say is that your hi way system is backwards, too little for all the cars and dangerous!!!
jhtfhktfykt
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March 05, 2012
Here's an idea...LOOK BOTH WAYS!
robbieh
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February 28, 2012
crosswalks are not safe.

if you don't believe it, go for a walk and find out.
Right Turn Yield
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February 28, 2012
Crosswalks used to be a good place to cross the road until all these Yield signs went up for right turners. No driver even comes close to stopping for a right on red anymore unless their peripheral vision registers a large metal object coming their way.

You try to cross at an intersection with a lot of people turning their cars right (Whitlock and Marietta Parkway for example) and you are gonna die too. Nobody driving a motor vehicle looks at the crosswalk when they are trying to turn without stopping.
Jeff A. Taylor
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February 28, 2012
My concern is that the local ambulance chasers guild pressures authorities into laying iffy charges -- failure to see, failure to maintain a lane -- on motorists who were not impaired and who were doing the speed limit (or below) when yahoos (for whatever reason) suddenly place themselves (and their kids) in the roadway.

If Sandy Springs is any guide, watch the po-po roll out radar -- particularly on weekends -- rather than write up a couple dozen jaywalking tix a day.
VFP42
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February 28, 2012
The fatality on the South Loop comes as no surprise.

The bus transfer station is on the WRONG side of the road.

Whoever built it across the South Loop from those who use it .. should have their pants sued off them for fatal design.

The South Loop should be where the bus station is, and the bus station should be where the South Loop is.

As always, the local road planners care about nothing except the road.

On that note, why does the Marietta "Loop" bisect the city? Hmm? It goes around East Marietta, but cuts off West Marietta from downtown. Who came up with that bit of brilliance? Someone wishing to improve the property values on the East side and make money off all that redevelopment? That sure worked out didn't it.
Bravo 1
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February 28, 2012
The problem in this area is lack of pedestrian friendly areas. Having to cross other busy streets that don't have crosswalks to get to a crosswalk is the height of lunacy and akin to urinating up a rope. Sidewalks are rare in some areas as are crosswalks. Walking a 1/2 mile on a road with no sidewalk to access a crosswalk is the more dangerous option in most cases.
ROADHOG
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February 29, 2012
This has nothing to do with crosswalks but, it makes my skin crawl when i see almost everyone walking on side of the road with traffic coming from behind them!I was told when i was growing up to always walk facing oncoming traffic!and i still do so i can get out of the way!!!
Roger Henze
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February 28, 2012
My rememberance is that there is no crosswalk crossing South Marietta Parkway at Rose Drive for this pedestrian to have used. The nearest crosswalks are at Aviation Road or at Cobb Parkway. Unfortunately human nature says you don't walk 1/2 mile out of your way and then another 1/2 mile back in order to cross at a signal and in a crosswalk. Pedestriansd assess the traffic situation and then take a chance in crossing. I obviously don't know all the details of this accident but it seems that pedestrian safety needs to be a higher priority of our City and DOT on this and all other major, high traffic volume 4/5 lane surface arterials. As long as we build attractions on opposite sides of the street, pedestrians will need/want to cross and we must provide safe and reasonably-spaced accomodations for their use.
Hint of a Brain
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February 28, 2012
A strange phenomenon...Crosswalks are usually at traffic lights. There's a reason for that.

A little common sense will go a long way in pedestrian safety.

What's on the other side of the road that is worth dying for?
100 yards
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February 29, 2012
The crosswalk is 100 yards toward Hwy 41, one short block over.

Sally Flocks
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February 29, 2012
Roger, you're correct that no marked crosswalk exists at the intersection of South Marietta Parkway and Rose Drive. GA law prohibits crossing outside a crosswalk only when the two adjacent intersections are both signalized. The location of Rose Drive and Victory Drive between the two signalized intersections makes it legal for pedestrians to cross anywhere they want, as long as they yield to motorists. The "No Pedestrians/Use Crosswalks" signs installed along this road are not cane detectible and therefore violate the Americans with Disabilities Act.

PEDS, metro Atlanta's pedestrian advocacy organization, has created a Safe Routes to Transit Task Force that is developing guidelines on bus stop location and safe crossings at transit stops. Roads like South Marietta Parkway and Austell Road need more safe crossing facilities. DeKalb County has installed HAWK signals on Buford Highway and South Candler Road. Cobb County also needs to retrofit its roads so they are safe for all users.

As President of PEDS, I encourage people who think pedestrians should walk a quarter mile in each direction to get across the street to try it themselves. To get a better understanding of the realities facing people who walk and use transit to get around, carry a bag of groceries on each arm and hold hands with two children as you walk.

400 feet
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March 05, 2012
There is a crosswalk on the 120 Loop - only 400 feet (less than a tenth of a mile) east from the Rose intersection.

For Ms. Flocks to suggest that it is acceptable for a parent to cross 5 lanes with traffic moving at 40 miles per hour is insane.

It may be legal, but also extremely poor judgement.

And don't assume I don't walk, I walk several city blocks each day to get to where I am going.

Bmore
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February 27, 2012
there is over 1/4 mile between crosswalks on S. Marietta parkway, that is why people jaywalk.
Common Sense
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February 28, 2012
OMG you mean I actually have to WALK and get some exercise?

1/4 mile walk vs. signifcant risk of death - I know what I would choose
old fashion
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February 27, 2012
While driving around town, I constantly see people crossing outside the crosswalks. When are police going to start ticketing these jaywalkers? Obviously the fear of dying does not keep people from running through traffic. But I worry about the aftermath of the driver who has to deal with the tragedy of the death of a person they hit. Please use crosswalks and use them only when the crossing sign says you may walk!!!
completely agree
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February 27, 2012
You hit the nail on the head.
dustoff
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February 27, 2012
Put a officer in front of the CCT station on the loop and he will have writers cramp within an hour.

On Canton Hwy there is a guy that rides a bicycle down the road every night south of Chastain Rd. about 10 PM with not lights or reflectors and wearing dark clothing. Its a amazing he is still alive.

Don Austell
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February 27, 2012
Both times I had contact with an automobile was in the crosswalk. When the pedestrian ran into the side of my moving vehicle it was on Ga 41 20 feet from crosswalk. You can still get blamed sitting still.
Two-pronged
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February 27, 2012
In general this really boils down to two issues that seem to be growing:

1. Complete disregard for marked crosswalks,

2. Inattentive drivers

No end in sight.
juliay
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February 27, 2012
Every time I see someone crossing the street and not in a crosswalk I see RED,and alot of them have children with them.POLICE start giving these people tickets and for sure the ones with children with them sure get a ticket.POLICE there is a law on the books for JAYWALKING.
WestCobber
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February 28, 2012
I know S Cobb Drive is bad - but if you want to see major violations go down Powder Springs. I have seen women in the middle lane, with 3 or 4 children, standing waiting for traffic to clear - at dusk and even in the dark. I have also seen groups of 4 to 6 all running across the road - and on several occasions right in front of a police car, which drives right on past. Guess they are afraid of being accussed of profiling - or the tickets won't make as much revenue for the city/county, and certainly does not take as much effort as hiding and writing speeding tickets. In stead of hiding these police officers need to be out handing out tickets galore to these people who are subjecting themselves to death, and to others who will have a lifetime of bad dreams, especially if they hit a child. While on that subject, I thought it was also against the law to block an interesection by turning on an arrow when there is not room to complete the turn. Why don't you hide in the First Methodist or Krystal lot s on Powder Springs at Whitlock - these people jam up traffic every night turning left onto Whitlock. Seems to be selective enforcement to me.
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