Pedestrian killed on Cobb Parkway

Detail of Cobb County Police Department STEP Unit vehicle in article about fatal accident on I-75Detail of Cobb County Police Department STEP Unit vehicle (photo by Larry Felton Johnson)

According to a public information release from Officer Sydney Melton of the Cobb County Police Department, the department’s Selective Traffic Enforcement Program (STEP) Unit is investigating a pedestrian fatality that occurred on Tuesday at about 11:21 p.m. on Cobb Parkway, north of Cobb EMC Parkway.

The STEP investigators report that a GMC Jimmy was traveling south on Cobb Parkway approaching Cobb EMC Parkway. A pedestrian, whose next of kin has not yet been notified, was walking a bicycle across Cobb Parkway. The pedestrian crossed in front of the SUV and was struck.

The pedestrian was taken to Wellstar Kennestone Hospital and was pronounced dead.

The male driver of the SUV was treated on the scene for minor injuries, and the female passenger in the vehicle was uninjured.


[It is the policy of the Courier to withhold the names of parties to fatal accidents until next of kin have been notified and until there is an announcement of whether charges will likely be filed].

According to the public information release, “The collision remains under investigation and anyone with information is asked to contact the Cobb County Police Department at 770-499-3987.”

The STEP Unit, which investigates serious or fatal traffic crashes, is one of the Cobb County Police Department’s Special Operations units, and  is described on the web page of the Cobb County Police Department as follows:

“The Selective Traffic Enforcement Unit is responsible for investigating all fatal traffic crashes, enforcement of traffic laws in those areas which analysis indicates an elevated amount of crashes. They are also responsible for the administration and execution of the Motor Carrier Safety Assistance Program. They also take part in special security details, and investigate crashes involving Department vehicles when requested.”