Police find vodka bottle at fatal garbage truck wreck - CBS46 News

Police find vodka bottle at fatal garbage truck wreck

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DECATUR, GA (CBS46) -

Nearly a week after 54-year-old Derryl Simmons was killed when the City of Atlanta garbage truck he was riding in flipped, friends are speaking out on his family's behalf, and say they want answers. The man driving the truck has been charged in his death.

Atlanta Police said, in a report released Friday, that the man driving was Melvin Callahan, and that officers believe Callahan was driving southbound on I-75 when he missed his exit and tried to change lanes quickly. Simmons was ejected from the truck and died at the scene. Callahan was seriously injured and taken to Grady Memorial Hospital. He faces homicide charges.

In a police report, officers said they found a half empty bottle of Pinnacle Vodka in the grass in front of the vehicle.

Ceasar Jackson is Simmons' neighbor and good friend and is heartbroken by his death.

"To be with a co-worker and that happen, that was really a surprise," Jackson said.

He said Simmons' family wants to know why he was put in a dangerous situation.

"His wife said to me that she was very angry and she just wants answers, and that's what she's waiting on," Jackson said.

Jackson said that some of Simmons' co-workers have come to his home to help take care of his wife, raking leaves, cutting grass and doing whatever they could do to help.

A spokesman for the City of Atlanta said the city is conducting an investigation to determine the appropriate course of action.

Visitation for Simmons is Friday from noon to 8 p.m. at the South DeKalb Chapel, with a wake from 6 to 7 p.m. He will be laid to rest at the Southview Cemetery in Jonesboro.

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