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Marietta Man Killed Crossing Austell Rd.

As in other recent pedestrian deaths in Cobb County, Arthur Horne walked outside a crosswalk.

A Marietta man was killed Friday afternoon trying to cross Austell Road just north of Hicks Road.

The death of Arthur Horne, 38, was at least the fourth time in two months that a pedestrian was killed in Cobb County while trying to cross a road outside a crosswalk.

Horne walked into the path of a southbound gray 2004 Volkswagen Jetta driven by Claudia Hopkins, 22, of Austell about 6 p.m. Friday, spokesman Sgt. Dana Pierce said.

Horne was pronounced dead at in Austell. Hopkins was not hurt and is not expected to be charged.

Still, police ask anyone with information about the crash to call 770-499-3987.

The fatal collision occurred about 2½ miles north of where while trying to cross Austell Road south of Floyd Road on Feb. 24.

Nolan’s death came during a spate of pedestrian-vehicle accidents in Cobb County, including:

  • near on Feb. 25.
  • The death of former football coach on Feb. 23.
  • The serious injuries suffered by Greensboro, NC, visitor Preston Lee Hester on Powder Springs Road at Oxford Road on Feb. 23.

Friday’s fatality also was about 1½ miles south of the spot where 4-year-old A.J. Newman was killed while trying to cross Austell Road in April 2010.

A.J.’s mother, Raquel Nelson, was in his death and is awaiting a court ruling on before .

The Nelson case brought to light claims that . Funding issues along Austell Road.

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Kyle April 29, 2012 at 09:39 PM
I was a friend of Wendy Nolan. It's a tragedy of what happened to her but it does not mean we can sit idle and not be able to make the streets safe for pedestrians to walk!l We need funding for more crosswalks!
Char April 30, 2012 at 02:56 PM
I agree it was a tragedy!! But, almost every single day I see pedestrians crossing the street in the middle of the road when the crosswalk is only 20 to 50 ft away. They even cross over, and stand in the turning lane waiting for traffic to go by. Why would you risk your life to save a few steps?? Yes maybe we do need more crosswalks, but at the same time we need the pedestrians to use them.

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