A pedestrian was killed while standing in the center turn lane on Cobb Parkway South waiting to cross, and the driver failed to stop and render aid and fled the scene.
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Ofc. Chuck McPhilamy of the Marietta Police Department distributed the following public information release:
The Marietta Police Department (MPD) Selective Traffic Enforcement Program (STEP) Unit is currently investigating a fatal pedestrian crash that occurred on November 15, 2021, at approximately 8:00 PM in front of the Regency Inn and Suites, 642 Cobb Parkway South.
The on-scene investigation revealed that a fifty-seven-year-old man from Marietta was attempting to cross Cobb Parkway, standing in the center turn lane, when a 1998 Toyota Camry stuck the pedestrian as well as another vehicle before coming to a stop. The driver of the Camry, forty-three-year-old [name redacted by the Courier] of Marietta failed to render aid and fled the scene on foot before police arrived. The pedestrian was pronounced deceased on the scene. His name is being withheld until next of kin can be notified.
MPD canine officer Jacquo tracked [name redacted by the Courier] onto the Marietta campus of Kennesaw State University where he was located with the assistance of KSU campus police.
The crash remains under investigation and anyone with information is asked to contact STEP officer Johnson at (770) 794-5384.
About the City of Marietta
The City of Marietta is the county seat of Cobb County. The latest estimate from the U.S. Census Bureau puts the population of the city at 60,867 which makes it the largest city in Cobb County by population.
However, the city is in a neck-and-neck race with fast-growing Smyrna, whose population was 56,666 at the last estimate.
Here are a few fast facts from the Census Bureau
Marietta city, Georgia
2019 Population Estimates 60,867
Median Household Income $ 57,452
Persons in poverty, percent 14.0 %
Educational Attainment: Percent high school graduate or higher 87.7 %
Persons without health insurance, percent 18.1 %
Median Housing Value $ 287,600
Total Housing Units 26,878
Number of Firms 10,501
Male Median Income $ 36,894
Female Median Income $ 29,239
Percent of households with a broadband Internet subscription 84.9 %