A man was killed in Midtown early Tuesday morning after exiting his just wrecked car and then being struck by another vehicle according to Atlanta police.
The operator of the second vehicle, Joshua Taylor, 35, was rescued from his burning car, and later was officially charged with Homicide by Vehicle and DUI Less Safe, with additional charges possibly pending.
Officer Kim Jones told Patch that at approximately 2:17 a.m., Zone 5 units responded to the accident scene on the I-85 southbound ramp that leads to 17th, 14th and 10th streets. On arrival, officers found the car involved in the second accident on fire and rescued Taylor.
Witnesses stated that the deceased man exited his vehicle presumably to examine damages to his car after hitting a guardrail at the beginning of the ramp.
Witnesses said the man was struck by another vehicle driven by Taylor that was exiting the expressway. The second vehicle crashed into a concrete embankment and burst into flames after hitting the deceased, who was found nearby in a grassy area. Taylor was transported to Grady Memorial Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
According to Jones, after refusing to submit to a blood test, members of the Accident Investigation Unit obtained a search warrant for Taylor's blood.
The name of the deceased was not immediately released. The deadly crash resulted in the exit ramp being closed for several hours.