Pedestrian killed on Powers Ferry Road

Detail of Cobb County Police Department STEP Unit vehicle in article about Mableton Parkway auto accidentDetail of Cobb County Police Department STEP Unit vehicle (photo by Larry Felton Johnson)

A pedestrian was struck by an auto and killed on Powers Ferry Road near Wood Hollow Drive Wednesday evening.

According to Officer Sydney Melton of the Cobb County Police Department, the Selective Traffic Enforcement Program (STEP) Unit is investigating the accident.

Investigators report that a 2010 Mazda was traveling northbound on Powers Ferry Road. As the driver approached the intersection at Wood Hollow Drive, the left front side of the auto hit the pedestrian. The driver immediately stopped and asked for help from other motorists.

The pedestrian, Harold Glaspy, 69, of Marietta, was taken to Wellstar Kennestone Hospital where he was pronounced dead. His next of kin has been notified.

According to the news release from Officer Melton, “Per investigators, there is no evidence of impaired driving, distracted driving, or speeding. The roadway is not lit at the scene of the collision.”

Officer Melton told the Courier in an email that charges are not expected to be filed in the incident.

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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