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Pedestrian killed by car on Atlanta Highway

By Joe Johnson

A pedestrian was killed Wednesday night when she was struck by a vehicle on Atlanta Highway.

According to police, 44-year-old Cleo Catherine Wallace was walking eastbound in the left lane of

Atlanta Highway in front of Strickland's Restaurant when she was struck by an eastbound 1999 Honda being driven by 20-year-old Jesus Marin Villarreal.

Wallace was pronounced dead at the scene.

The Athens-Clarke County Police Department indicated that no charges have been filed, but the incident continued to be investigated.

The department said in a news release that investigators would like to talk to the driver of a white pickup truck that passed Wallace prior to her being struck.

Police asked for anyone with information concerning the incident to contact Senior Police Officer Tilley at Dustin.Tilley@accgov.com / 762-400-7355 or Sergeant Schulte at 762-400-7093 or

Police noted the incident involved the 20th traffic fatality in 2023.

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