Officials Release Name of Man Killed Refueling His Car on I-285 in Atlanta, GA
ATLANTA, GA. – Officials have released the name of a man who was killed while trying to refuel his car on Interstate 285 in Atlanta, Georgia, according to an online news story reported by ajc.com. The man had run out of fuel on the interstate, and two vehicles hit him while he was trying to put more gas in his car.*
The accident happened at approximately 4:30 a.m. on February 3. A man driving on I-285 North ran out of gas near the exit to Bolton Road and pulled over into the right shoulder of the interstate. As the man was then attempting to refill his fuel tank, a vehicle traveling north rear-ended his car. The man was struck in the collision either by his own car or the other vehicle or both.
“The impact caused the victim to be thrown into the lanes of travel, where he was struck by another vehicle traveling north on I-285,” said Officer Jarius Daugherty, spokesperson for the Atlanta Police Department. “The driver of that vehicle remained on scene and is cooperating with the investigation.”
The man was critically injured after the two collisions, and he died at the scene. The Fulton County Medical Examiner’s Office has now identified the man as 35-year-old Larry Sawyer, of Radford, Virginia.
Two people riding in the first vehicle that hit the man’s car were injured in the wreck, and an ambulance crew took them to Grady Memorial Hospital. They have not been identified, and it is not clear if they were both passengers or if one of them was the driver. Police said initial investigation indicates the driver of this vehicle was at fault. Charges have not yet been filed.
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