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Decatur Police investigating pedestrian fatality near Kroger

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Decatur Police investigating pedestrian fatality near Kroger

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Photo by Dan Whisenhunt

This story has been updated. 

Decatur Police are investigating a pedestrian fatality at Commerce Drive and North Candler Street near Kroger.

The incident occurred yesterday afternoon, Feb. 27.

The victim’s daughter contacted Decaturish and said her mother’s name was Judith Langer Merlin. She was 72.

“She was the beloved mother of four and grandmother of seven,” her daughter said. “She was walking with a friend and was only a block from her apartment (Decatur Renaissance). We are devastated.”

According to Decatur Police, the incident happened around 3:22 p.m.

“The investigation revealed two pedestrians were crossing Commerce Drive at North Candler Street in the crosswalk,” Lt. Jennifer Ross said. “The vehicle was exiting the Kroger parking lot and making a left turn onto Commerce Drive to travel eastbound and struck one of the pedestrians. The driver of the vehicle stated she did not see the pedestrians in the crosswalk.”

Merlin was transported to a hospital, but later succumbed to her injuries.

“The driver of the vehicle was cited for failing to yield to a pedestrian in a crosswalk,” Ross said. The driver will face additional charges, she said.


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