Floyd Road hit and run pedestrian fatality

Detail of Cobb County Police Department STEP Unit vehicle in article about pedestrian killed Powers Ferry RoadDetail of Cobb County Police Department STEP Unit vehicle (photo by Larry Felton Johnson)

There was a hit and run pedestrian fatality on Floyd Road south of White Boulevard on Friday August 23 at around 11:20 p.m.

The accident is being investigated by Cobb County Police Department Selective Traffic Enforcement Program (STEP) Unit.

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According to Officer Sydney Melton of the Cobb County police, a Ram pick-up truck was traveling north on Floyd Road in the right lane, approaching White Boulevard.

A pedestrian was crossing Floyd Road and was struck by the Ram.

The pedestrian was identified as Corie Bethea, 44, of Atlanta. He was taken to Wellstar Kennestone Hospital where he was pronounced dead. His next of kin has been notified.

According to the press release from Officer Melton, “The driver of the Ram did not stop and continued northbound on Floyd Road. Evidence from the scene indicates the Ram was a 2013 or newer model and has extensive front end damage, including a broken driver’s side headlight.”

The incident remains under investigation and anyone with information is asked to contact the Cobb County Police Department at 770-499-3987.

What is the STEP Unit?

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 pageof 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.”

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