It’s unclear why a motorist who had just been involved in a crash with another vehicle decided to walk across I-75 early Thursday morning in Marietta. But he never made it.
Joshua Stukes, of Marietta, succumbed to his injuries at WellStar Kennestone Hospital after being struck by a vehicle, according to Marietta police. The incident unfolded shortly after 1:15 a.m. when Stukes rear-ended another vehicle on I-75 southbound near the exit ramp for South Marietta Parkway, spokesman Officer Jared Rakestraw.
“One vehicle was struck from behind and subsequently spun out, striking the median wall on the left shoulder of the interstate where it came to rest,” Rakestraw said.
Stukes stopped on the right shoulder of the interstate after the crash, Rakestraw said. A witness also pulled to the left shoulder following the collision, he said.
The first responding officer arrived on scene and stopped in the far left lane of I-75 southbound to prevent the witness’ vehicle, which was partially obstructing the roadway, from being struck, Rakestraw said. The patrol vehicle had its blue lights activated while blocking the lane, he said.
Stukes then began walking across the southbound lanes towards the left shoulder when he was struck by a 2001 Lexus LS430 in the second lane from the left, Rakestraw said. No one else was injured in the incident including the Lexus’ driver, 43-year-old Lavictor Holland, of Marietta, police said.
The police department’s S.T.E.P. Unit is investigating the incident and anyone with information about what happened is urged to contact Officer Chris Henry at (770) 794-5352.