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Pedestrian hit by DeKalb County police cruiser dies

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A woman who was hit by a DeKalb County police cruiser has died. The officer driving the cruiser was trying to avoid hitting another vehicle that had pulled in front of him. 

After striking the woman, identified as 66-year-old Janet Pickney, the officer then crashed into a home.

The incident happened Tuesday morning around 8 a.m. near the intersection of Lynburn Drive and Chamblee Tucker Road in DeKalb County. Pickney was walking in the crosswalk when she was struck.

The homeowner rushed out of her home and tried to help Pickney. The homeowner says Pickney had a compound fracture, was without a pulse and wasn't even breathing for a short time before she was revived.

Meanwhile, after asking the DeKalb County police chief if the lights and sirens were running on the patrol car, he said that's an answer investigators are still working to confirm.

"The family reached out to me and said they wanted to talk about the incident, so I went in and expressed my condolences, and also explained to them the steps of the investigation so that they thoroughly understand how the investigation will proceed," says the police chief. "Our accident unit, they're certified accident reconstructionists, and they're going to reconstruct the accident so we can determine every aspect...and determine who's at fault. When that's complete, we will charge the driver who's at fault appropriately, and take appropriate action."

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