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Police ID pedestrian killed in car accident

By Curt Yeomans

cyeomans@news-daily.com

The 46-year-old Jonesboro woman, who died Tuesday night while attempting to cross Tara Boulevard near the intersection of North Avenue, was less than a mile from her home when she was hit by a car, and "decapitated."

The victim has been identified as Michelle Tolliver, according to a copy of the police report on the incident. Police identified her remains through a Georgia identification card she was carrying, the report said.

Clayton County Police spokesman, Officer Otis Willis, III, said that the force of the impact at which Tolliver's head hit the windshield of the maroon, Acura Legend that struck her, "shattered" her head. He added that she was not crossing Tara Boulevard at a crosswalk.

"Tara Boulevard is a busy highway," Willis said. "We hope the community understands the importance of crossing that road at designated crosswalks, in well-lit areas. People need to be cautious, even when they are crossing at the cross walks."

Tolliver lived off of the Georgia Hwy. 138 spur, which is near the intersection of Tara Boulevard and North Avenue. She was approximately 0.7 miles from her place of residence on Magnolia Circle, in Jonesboro, when she was hit by the car, according to Mapquest.com.

A phone number for Tolliver's residence could not be found on Wednesday.

According to the police report, Tolliver was walking west across Tara Boulevard when she was struck by the Acura Legend around 8:30 p.m. The police report lists her time of death as being 9:45 p.m.

Cedric Snipe, a clerk at the BP station, located at the corner of Tara Boulevard and North Avenue, who was working at the station Tuesday night, said he found out about the accident when a woman came in between 8:15 p.m., and 8:20 p.m., on Tuesday evening, and asked him to call 911.

Tolliver's body was turned over to the Georgia Bureau of Investigations, and the agency is conducting an autopsy, Willis said.

Willis said he did not know why Tolliver was crossing Tara Boulevard. He also said there is an ongoing investigation into the incident, and therefore, the name and age of the male driver of the car that hit Tolliver is not yet available to the public.

Whether the driver was speeding when he hit Tolliver has not yet been determined, Willis said.

Despite earlier reports that a blood test was being performed on the driver,

Willis said on Wednesday that a blood test has not been administered.

No arrests have been made, and no charges have been filed in connection with the accident, Willis added.

Snipe said he was not surprised that there was a fatality near the intersection, because he often sees people crossing Tara Boulevard outside the designated crosswalk area in front of the BP gas station.

"We have a bus stop that is across the street from the gas station ... and I see people running across the street to, and from, there all the time, instead of walking a few feet down to the crosswalk and crossing there," Snipes said. "They try to run out and maneuver their way through the cars that are driving down the street."