published Sunday, April 28th, 2013

Teenager struck by patrol car dies Sunday morning

MCDONOUGH, Ga. — Authorities say a 14-year-old boy who was struck by a Henry County patrol car has died in an Atlanta area hospital.

Authorities said Chandler Jacob Weems of McDonough, Ga. died Sunday morning at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston. He was sent to the Atlanta hospital after being struck on his bicycle Saturday afternoon as he was exiting a driveway.

Henry County police Sgt. Joey Smith told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution the officer “could not avoid the accident,” which happened as he was going on duty. Smith says the officer, identified as Denise Allyson Romano, was “very distraught” after the accident.

The accident is being investigated by the Georgia State Patrol. The accident occurred at about 12:30 p.m. Saturday.

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