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84-year-old woman arrested in death of pedestrian walking near Decatur Kroger

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84-year-old woman arrested in death of pedestrian walking near Decatur Kroger

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Photo by Dan Whisenhunt

Decatur Police have arrested an 84-year-old woman accused of hitting a pedestrian with her vehicle on Feb. 27.

“On Wednesday, March 14, 2018, a warrant for vehicular homicide was issued for the driver in the pedestrian fatality accident that occurred on February 27, 2018 at Commerce Drive and North Candler Street,” Decatur Police Lt. Jennifer Ross said. “The driver, identified as 84-year-old Angeline Holcombe of Decatur, turned herself in at the Decatur Police Department and was transported to the DeKalb County Jail and booked in for the warrant.”

The victim was identified as Judith Langer Merlin. She was 72.

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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.

At the time of the accident, the driver was cited for failing to yield to a pedestrian in a crosswalk, but police indicated she would face additional charges.

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