Released from Sgt. Wayne Delker of the Cobb County Police Department, the department’s Selective Traffic Enforcement Program (STEP) division, is investigating two separate fatal collisions over the weekend.
The STEP unit is assisting the Acworth Police Department with the first incident on Saturday, November 26, 2022 at 7:43pm.
The public information release describes the accident as follows:
“According to investigators, the 45-year-old Joseph D Gentry An Acworth man was riding his bicycle on the right southbound lane of Cobb Parkway, north of North Shore Road.
“A blue Honda Pilot traveling southbound in the right lane of Cobb Parkway struck the rear of his bicycle. Gentry was struck from his bicycle and onto the road. He did not survive and was pronounced dead at the scene. “
The driver of the Honda was not injured. The courier did not disclose the driver’s name because the accident is still under investigation and it is not known whether charges will be filed.
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The second incident occurred on Sunday, November 27, 2022 at 7:27 am and is described in a public information release as follows:
“According to investigators, a silver 2002 Honda Odyssey was traveling eastbound on Due West Road and a brown 2012 Ford F-250 was traveling westbound on Due West Road.
“Honda driver, 23 years old Amajit Ranhotra Acworth, lost control while negotiating the left curve.
“The Honda crossed the westbound lane and the front of the Ford hit the right side of the Honda. Ranhotra suffered fatal injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene.
The driver of the Ford, a 56-year-old Arizona woman, was taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
The two collisions are still ongoing and anyone with information is urged to call 770-499-3987.
STEP, which investigates serious or fatal traffic accidents, is one of the Cobb County Police Department’s special operations units, as described on the Cobb County Police Department’s webpage:
“Selective Traffic Enforcement is responsible for investigating all fatal traffic accidents and enforcing traffic laws in areas where analysis indicates an increase in the number of accidents. They are also responsible for the administration and enforcement of the Motor Vehicle Safety Assistance Program. They are also involved in special safety details and, upon request Investigating a crash involving a department vehicle.”