Just before daybreak on Wednesday, April 10, 2013, a deadly Marietta bicycle accident took place on South Marietta Parkway. According to the Marietta Police, a bicyclist was traveling westbound when he killed after being struck by a vehicle near the Cobb Community Transit bus terminal.
The bicyclist, identified as 25-year-old Joseph “Deaf Joe” Gathambiri, was hit from behind by a vehicle that left the scene. This hit-and-run accident killed Gathambiri, a native Kenyan who worked as a cook at a Marietta Burger King. According to authorities, Gathambiri was headed to work at the time he was killed.
The Marietta Police Department investigated the evidence left at the scene and also received a tip that led them to identify and locate the 1994 Toyota truck that was involved in this Georgia hit-and-run accident. On Wednesday afternoon, police found and arrested 27-year-old Damon Thomas Lautch and held him at the Cobb County Adult Detention Center on charges of DUI, hit-and-run, and first-degree vehicular homicide.
Workers who worked with Gathambiri told the media that he was a nice person who was “always willing to give a helping hand.” Although he couldn’t talk, he would do sign language, and he also rapped in sign language.
Authorities indicated that this is the second fatal bicycle accident in Marietta, both hit-and-runs, in less than two weeks. The previous crash killed Lawrence Joseph Young, 55, of Marietta, on March 31, on Powder Springs Street.
Sadly, there have been many recent accidents that have killed Georgia DUI victims. Shane Smith Law would like to extend our deepest condolences to the family, friends, and coworkers of Joseph Gathambiri.