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Investigators: Officer runs stop sign, kills moped driver in Atlanta

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A moped driver was killed while Wednesday after being struck by a the rider was hit by an Atlanta police officer. 

The incident occurred around 4:15 p.m., at the intersection of Washington Place and Newcastle Street in southwest Atlanta, one block from Booker T. Washington High School.

The officer, identified as 24-year-old Ryan Chandler, ran a stop sign and was not using emergency equipment, according to a spokesperson with Georgia State Patrol.

The victim, 59 year-old Marvin King of Atlanta, was pronounced dead at Grady Memorial Hospital. 

A homeowner at the accident scene heard the commotion.

"I heard a loud boom. So I opened the door. I see a police car in my front yard," said the homeowner, who asked not to be identified. "The police officer ran toward him and started giving him CPR." 

King, the victim, lived a couple of miles from the accident scene. Long-time neighbor Lewis Harris told CBS46 his daughters grew up with King who had recently moved back home to help care for his elderly parents.

"I saw him about three weeks ago, and he was pointing out who all was still living here," said Harris. 

The Georgia State Patrol is investigating. Charges are pending against the police officer, who had been on the Atlanta police force for two years.

The homeowner at the accident scene said the intersection should be a four-way stop instead of the two-way stop it is now. The state patrol is deciding how to charge the officer.

The Atlanta Police Department issued the following statement Thursday:

On 8-08-2018, at around 4:15 PM, Atlanta Police Officer Ryan Chandler was involved in a motor vehicle accident at the intersection of Washington Place and Newcastle Street with a man riding a moped.  The man was transported to Grady Hospital but did not survive his injuries.  Because of the seriousness of this accident, The Atlanta Police Department requested assistance from the Georgia State Patrol and asked that they take lead on the investigation.  We are confident the Georgia State Patrol will conduct a thorough, independent and unbiased investigation and we will cooperate fully with their investigators.  Officer Chandler has been placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation.  Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of the man who lost his life in this tragic accident.  We are deeply sorry for their loss.

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