Atlanta police look for clues in fatal hit-and-run of a cyclist - CBS46 News

Atlanta police look for clues in fatal hit-and-run of a cyclist

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Victim: Walter Amey, 54 Victim: Walter Amey, 54
ATLANTA, GA (CBS46) -

Police are trying to figure out who was behind the wheel of a vehicle that fatally struck a man who was walking alongside his bicycle Saturday night in northwest Atlanta.

According to detectives, Walter Amey, 54, was struck just before 9 p.m. just steps from his home on Abner Place. 

A Grady EMS crew was the first to respond to the scene. Paramedics told officers that Amey's wounds were those consistent of being struck by a vehicle and dragged.

Amey was taken to Grady Hospital, where he died from his injuries. 

Atlanta police told CBS Atlanta News the incident is being investigated as a hit-and-run.

CBS Atlanta News spoke with the victim's uncle, Patrick Cameron, Sunday afternoon as several dozen family members and friends gathered at the family home.

"Most of the family is here. We have a large family. So we're sticking together and keeping close. It's helping us get through," said Cameron. 

Cameron said Amey was a well-liked person known by just about everyone in the neighborhood. His friends affectionately called him "Meat," perhaps because of his athletic build.

Cameron said a neighbor told him that she saw Amey pushing his bike. Moments later, his lifeless body was found in the roadway.

"After she saw him go over the hill and didn't see him anymore, she went on inside. We think they came along and hit him and just knocked him out of the way," said Cameron.

Family member Valencia Dodson walked to the scene Sunday afternoon.

She told CBS Atlanta News she just needed to see the area for herself.

"He [was] a very good person. Everybody knows him in the whole neighborhood. Everybody knows he's known by the name Meat," said Dodson.

The family is hoping anyone who saw something will call police.

"We just need all the help we can, for someone to come forth and just let us know what happened," said Cameron.

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