ROSWELL, GA (WXIA) – One person was killed and two others hurt after a car driven by a 68-year-old woman struck three pedestrians at a bus stop in Roswell Thursday afternoon.
The car swerved to avoid hitting a bus, striking the three pedestrians at the intersection of Alpharetta Highway at Fraser Street and then hit a utility pole.
"Apparently the bus had just stopped and they were about to pick up the passengers and for some reason unknown yet, she was about to hit the rear of that bus and swerved to avoid the collision," Officer Lisa Holland said.
The two surviving pedestrians have been taken to a local hospital, their condition is not presently known.
The Fulton County Medical Examiner's office said the man killed was 55-year-old Curtis Freeman of Roswell.
Drew Nolen was working at The Roswell Tap when he heard a loud bang. He said he and a patron at the pub ran to the victims, but there was nothing they could do for one. "We saw the other guy and it just didn't look like there was any way we could help at all," he said.
Nolen said the patron helped the surviving female victim and he comforted the surviving male victim, who was lying face down bleeding. "I just had my hand on his back saying 'you're going to be okay, ambulances are on the way, don't move,'" he said.
Georgia Power worked late into Thursday night on the utility pole that was damaged. Police have not yet determined if they will charge the 68-year-old driver. "We have a special unit that comes out that investigates the crash so charges will be pending against the driver depending on the outcome of the investigation," Ofc. Holland said.
Roswell Police said traffic was rerouted from Alpharetta Highway at the intersection of Norcross Street and at the intersection with Woodstock Street.