Two police departments are investigating two pedestrian fatalities that happened hours apart in the metro Atlanta area.
The first incident involved a 61-year-old man who was struck and killed Monday night in Roswell. Police said they are still investigating to determine exactly what happened.
On Tuesday, police identified the pedestrian as Brian Farnsworth, of Roswell. The crash happened around 7:45 p.m. at the intersection of Marietta Highway and Coleman Road, Roswell police spokeswoman Officer Lisa Holland said.
It’s unclear where Farnsworth was coming from or where he was heading when he was struck by the vehicle and died at the scene. Police have not released the name of the driver who apparently remained at the scene. So far no charges have been filed in the case, which is still under investigation.
The second incident happened hours later in Cobb County. A 75-year-old man was attempting to cross the street when he was struck by two vehicles and killed Tuesday morning. And police said the second driver left the scene, but was caught a short time later.
Reginald Cumming, of Marietta, died at the scene after being struck shortly after 7 a.m. on South Cobb Drive near the intersection of Walthall Avenue, according to Cobb County police. Investigators said Cumming was walking from the west to the east side of the roadway when he was struck by a green 2004 GMC Sierra pickup truck that was heading northbound on South Cobb Drive.
Within moments of being struck by the truck, Cumming was struck a second time while he was down in the roadway, police spokesman Sgt. Dana Pierce said. The driver of the second vehicle, a white sedan, failed to stop and was last seen heading northbound on South Cobb Drive, Pierce said.
Still, police said they were able to track down the vehicle and the driver who allegedly struck Cumming. So far, police have not released the driver’s name. But they said the incident is still being investigated by the S.T.E.P. Unit.
Investigators said Cumming was not walking inside a crosswalk when he was struck. Pierce said there are no crosswalks in the immediate area, but that there is one about 300 feet north of the incident.
“We do see a number of people try to cross these multi-lane highways outside of the crosswalk, and that’s a big concern for us,” Pierce said, according to Channel 2 Action News.
One person who worked nearby said the crash said the area is dangerous for anyone to try to dodge traffic, especially when it’s dark.
“There’s no crosswalk. Try to cross here and at that time, it’s really heavy,” Self Storage manager Josu Quijada said.