Former Cleveland resident killed in Atlanta hit-and-run

Ethan McAllister died Saturday, April 3, in a pedestrian hit-and-run in Atlanta. McAllister was a 2011 graduate of White County High School. (GoFund Me)

Atlanta Police are searching for the driver who struck and killed a former Cleveland resident over the weekend in Buckhead.

A press release from the Atlanta PD reported that around 3 a.m. Saturday morning, 28-year-old Ethan McCallister was walking along Piedmont Avenue near Lindbergh Drive when an SUV struck him. Initial information on the incident indicated McCallister was in the roadway when he was hit. Police say the vehicle fled the scene, almost striking another pedestrian in the process.

McCallister died from his injuries at an Atlanta area hospital.

A dashcam video obtained by police from an eyewitness showed a gray in color Jeep Grand Cherokee speeding away from the fatal crash scene. However, authorities said they were unable to see a license plate number on the vehicle.

Credit: Atlanta Police

The Accident Investigation Unit asks anyone with information on the suspect’s identity to contact 911 or Crime Stoppers Atlanta.

McCallister was a graduate of White County High School and Georgia Tech. He was living and working in the Atlanta area at the time of his death.

Funeral services will be held at 2 pm on Friday, April 9, at Barrett Funeral Home in Cleveland. A GoFundMe account set up to provide financial help for McAllister’s family had raised more than $68,000 as of Wednesday afternoon.

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