Dozens of tips received in cyclist caseFile photo: Atlanta Police Lt. Rod Woody holds up a picture of a vehicle that matches the description of a vehicle that allegedly struck a cyclist on Monday, June 9. Photo by Dan Whisenhunt
Atlanta Police are still trying to match a car towed from a Midtown parking garage to the one used in a June 9 assault on a cyclist Greg Germani.
In related news, yesterday Germani left the Grady Hospital ICU and family members are working to get him over to the Shepherd Center for his rehabilitation.
Police wouldn’t have located the red Dodge Nitro at all if a tipster hadn’t alerted officers to its presence at the Gables Midtown apartments. It’s unknown whether the garage has security cameras that could potentially have captured the vehicle’s arrival and images of the suspect. The management of Gables referred all questions to Atlanta Police.
Sgt. Karla Baldini, Crime Stoppers Greater Atlanta Coordinator, told Decaturish she doesn’t know whether the tip came in response to the nearly $30,000 reward for information about the case. But she did say that the reward generated about 50 tips to Crime Stoppers.
“This is a huge response,” she said.
Baldini said even if the reward fund didn’t lead to the tip that led to the car, the fund itself raised awareness about the case.
“If the neighborhood folks and friends and family didn’t donate, we wouldn’t have been able to provide the constant increases,” she said. “These updates created community awareness, tips coming into the hotline and people calling Crime Stoppers and the investigator just to get involved.”
Investigators believe that on June 9 Germani and the driver of the Nitro got into some kind of argument with the driver of the Nitro after a near collision on Montgomery Ferry. Police say the driver chased Germani down Flagler Avenue and intentionally struck him with the 4,000 pound vehicle.
Atlanta Police said they will release new information about the case when they are able to share it.