Arrest made in fatal Marietta hit-and-run - CBS46 News

Arrest made in fatal Marietta hit-and-run

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MARIETTA, GA (CBS ATLANTA) -

A Marietta man is behind bars after police said he hit a man on a bike with his truck and then left the scene. It happened in the 800 block of the South Marietta Drive shortly before 5 a.m. Tuesday. Police said 25-year-old Joseph Gathambiri died at the scene. Family and friends of Gathambiri, aka Deaf Joe, said they can't believe he is gone.

"It's not going to be the same without him. I am devastated," said Joshua Smith, Gathambiri's friend.

Damon Lautch, the driver of the truck, has been charged with DUI, hit-and-run and vehicular homicide.

"He didn't deserve that. He wasn't the person to do something wrong to anybody, it is just sad," Smith said.

Smith said his friend rode his bike to his job at Burger King every morning.

"Every time I would go up there, he was always looking to help one of the homeless men that was always coming around and you know they couldn't hand out anything for free, so anytime the man was hungry, he would just give it to him out of his lunch break," Smith said.

Smith said Gathambiri was also an aspiring rapper.

He posted videos of himself on YouTube.

"I have never heard of anyone doing that. Sign language for rap, deaf people who can't listen to rap, they need someone to tell them what is being said and a rapper that already does sign language would be very cool for everybody else," Smith said.

Smith said his friend deserves justice.

"Everybody has something coming back to them one day.  Whether the suspect hates himself now or not, he'll feel bad about it later," said Smith.

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