Second bicyclist fatality in Marietta in the past week

Marietta police car, in artlcle about Whitlock AvenueMarietta Police Car (photo by Larry Felton Johnson)

The death of a cyclist on Cobb Parkway today marks the second fatal incident in Marietta in which the driver of a car hit a bicyclist over the past week.

[It is the policy of the Cobb County Courier to redact the names of people involved in an incident under investigation unless it results in a guilty verdict or guilty plea, or unless there is a clear need for the public to know their identities (e.g. a public official)]

Officer Joshua Madison of the Marietta Police Department described the incident as follows in a public information release:

The Marietta Police Department Selective Traffic Enforcement Program, STEP Unit, is currently investigating a fatal pedestrian bicyclist crash that occurred on Cobb Parkway August 31, 2020 at 0535 hours. The on-scene investigation revealed that 49-year-old Derrick Johnson of Marietta, was riding his bicycle Northbound on Cobb Parkway and in the right straight lane of Cobb Parkway, just North of Gresham Road. A 2003 GMC Envoy, driven by 50-year-old [name redacted] of Marietta, was attempting to make a left turn from Cobb Parkway into 200 Cobb Parkway North. The driver was unable to see the cyclist and struck him as he made his turn. The cyclist was then struck by a 2012 Chevrolet Van driven by 50-year-old [name redacted] of Marietta. The cyclist, Derrick Johnson, was pronounced deceased at the scene.

The crash remains under investigation. Anyone with information regarding this crash is asked to contact the Lead Investigator, Sergeant B. Honea at (770) 794-5344.


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2 Comments on "Second bicyclist fatality in Marietta in the past week"

  1. Tony Waybright | September 3, 2020 at 8:26 am | Reply

    5:35am. Zero dark thirty. Tragic but foreseeable. One hundred years ago, bicycles might have been a better mix with cars, roads and traffic. Now, when most people drive/ride instead of walking, it’s probably time to rethink bicycles and sidewalks.

  2. RIP our friend, Bikefriendlyatl will be out soon to leave a final ride for your crossover. Prayers for your family and friends.

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