Decatur police arrest suspect in crossing guard crash

Decatur Police Department announced that an arrest was made on Sept. 12 in connection to a Sept. 11 accident that sent a Decatur crossing guard to the hospital.

Police said that on Sept. 11 around 8:20 a.m., crossing guard Jeffery Smith entered the street to guide school children through the intersection at Candler Road and College Avenue near Agnes Scott College and Decatur High School. Smith was struck in the back by a vehicle while crossing the street and sent to the hospital – before being released to recover at home with his family.

A statement from the police department said a Decatur High School student—who stayed at the scene of the accident—provided a detailed description of the suspect’s vehicle which led to the arrest of 38-year-old Decatur resident Alrahman Heath on Sept. 12.

Heath was arrested and charged with hit and run and failure to yield to a pedestrian, according to the police department’s statement.

“The guard who was struck … is extremely dedicated to keeping our kids safe here within the City of Decatur,” the statement from the police department reads. “Please keep Mr. Smith in your thoughts and prayers while he continues to grow in strength. All of our crossing guards show an un-parallel commitment to the safe arrival and departure of students all around the city each day. Our Criminal Investigation’s Division is following up on leads in this case in order to hold the party who caused this accident responsible.”

Talley Street Upper Elementary School’s parent-teacher organization (PTO) has a “Safe Routes to School” committee that is collecting get-well-soon cards for the crossing guard who was struck. Interested children and parents may drop off cards at Talley Street Upper Elementary School’s front desk (2617 Talley St). Donations may also be sent on Venmo to @mallory-donaldson.

A post on the PTO’s Facebook page states that Smith “will be ok,” but that he will be out of work and “recovering for some time.”


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