A woman was hit by two vehicles and killed after she stepped out of another car on the Downtown Connector in Atlanta. The unfortunate incident took place on December 15. Authorities identified the woman killed on Downtown Connector as Sheldon M. Cleveland.
According to the details shared by the Atlanta Police, the fatal accident occurred on the morning of Tuesday, December 15. It was reported to the authorities at around 3 a.m.
The incident involved a total of three vehicles. The first of these was the one in which the deceased victim was traveling before she stepped out and was hit by the other vehicles. This vehicle was identified as a Jeep Compass.
Cleveland was traveling in the backseat of the Jeep as the vehicle drove along the Downtown Connector. Another woman was also traveling in the backseat. The two began arguing for some reason and the driver of the Jeep stopped the vehicle to let Cleveland out.
The Jeep was parked on the shoulder of the road. However, as Cleveland stepped out, she was hit by two vehicles. The first vehicle collided with her at a fairly high speed. However, the driver of the first vehicle didn’t stop and instead fled the scene of the crash.
Cleveland suffered critical injuries in this first hit and died on the scene. A second vehicle then hit her. The driver of the second vehicle stopped on the scene and was there when the law officers arrived.
The driver of the Jeep Compass was identified as Arrie Lee Jenkins. Preliminary investigations revealed that Jenkins was driving under the influence when he stopped to let Cleveland out of his vehicle. He was subsequently charged with DUI as well as driving with an expired license.
Police are still on the lookout for the first driver who may face stiff charges for fleeing the scene of a fatal crash. The second driver has not been charged.
If you or your loved ones are injured in any sort of motor vehicle accident, contact a Georgia car accident attorney right away.