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Man struck, killed in hit-and-run after exiting disabled car to cross I-285 ramp

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The passenger of a disabled car attempted to cross the ramp from I-75 to I-285 when he was struck by a vehicle that left the scene. Several other vehicles struck the man who died at the scene Sunday night in Cobb County, but those vehicles stopped.

On Monday, police were searching for the first vehicle, possibly a Saturn SUV, and they are asking for the public’s help in finding it.

The incident happened shortly before 11:30 p.m. on I-285 westbound near Cobb Parkway in Atlanta, according to Cobb County police. Investigators said that the driver of a black 2008 Nissan Versa was traveling westbound on I-285 when he came to a stop in the gore after running out of gas.

While the car was sitting between the right westbound travel lane and the ramp from northbound I-75 to westbound I-285, the passenger exited the disabled car in an attempt to cross the ramp, police spokesman Officer Mike Bowman said. But Harry Maurent never made it.

The 30-year-old Austell man was struck by what investigators believe was a light-colored mid-size pickup or sport utility vehicle, Bowman said. Investigators believe that the driver may have possibly been driving a Saturn SUV, which is likely to have front end damage to include the headlight assembly.

After he was struck by the hit-and-run vehicle, the victim was struck by three other vehicles while he was down in the roadway, Officer Bowman said. All three of those drivers have been identified and are cooperating with investigators, he said.

Anyone with information about the hit-and-run vehicle or its driver is asked to call (770) 499-3987.

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