Retired teacher dies after being struck by police car while jogging

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DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. -- A retired teacher has passed away after being struck by a police cruiser while she was jogging.

Janet Pickney, 66, was jogging in a crosswalk around 7:30 a.m. Tuesday when an officer trying to avoid a wreck hit her with his vehicle on Chamblee Tucke Road. The officer's cruiser then continued to strike a house at that intersection, near Tucker High School. 

Pickney was taken to Grady Memorial Hospital, where she died around 11:30 p.m., DeKalb County Police confirmed.

Pickney's cousin told 11Alive that she was a retired teacher who enjoying running. 

“She’s a really sweet person. I just asked people to pray to her to overcome this. I’m still in shock that this happened," Carol Ann Whiteman said Tuesday.

One-by-one, family members showed up console another on Wednesday.

"She was a wonderful, kind person," said Hal Whiteman, Pickney's cousin. "When she retired, she volunteered at several places, spreading love and kindness to all she came in contact with."

The officer involved was taken to a nearby hospital in stable condition. He was later identified as 30-year-old Ian MacGowan. DeKalb Police say he is a 4-year veteran with their department. He's been released form the hospital and placed on administrative leave pending the outcome an investigation into the accident.

DeKalb County Police Chief James Conroy was among those who met with family on Wednesday.

"The family reached out to me and said they wanted to talk about the incident so I went in and expressed my condolences and I also explained to them the steps of the investigation," Conroy said.

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