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Teen skateboarder struck, killed: Motorcyclist struck, killed in Powder Springs

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A 19-year-old Fairburn man was allegedly skateboarding when he was struck and killed on a south Fulton County road early Tuesday morning. And police said no charges are expected to be filed against the driver who struck him.

The Fulton County Medical Examiner’s Office has identified the man as Dwayne Desdunes, 19, of Fairburn.
The wreck happened about 12:30 a.m. on Bethsaida Road near Brown Drive, according to Fulton County police.

Witnesses told investigators that the teen was skateboarding when he swerved into the path of a Chevrolet Suburban, police spokesman Lt. Scott McBride said. The driver, a 23-year-old local man who remained at the scene, is not expected to be charged, McBride said.

Desdunes was transported to Grady Memorial Hospital where he died a short time later, police said.

Motorcyclist Struck and Killed Over the Weekend

A 42-year-old motorcyclist was killed when another motorist allegedly turned in front of him on a road in Powder Springs. And police on Monday said charges are expected to be filed against the motorist.

The incident happened around 6:50 p.m. Sunday on Richard D. Sailors Parkway near New Macland Road, according to Cobb County police, which is assisting the Powder Springs Police Department in its investigation of the collision.

Investigators said Anthony B. Gaiter, of Mableton, was riding a black 2010 Harley-Davidson FLHX motorcycle westbound on Richard D. Sailors Parkway when he approached New Macland Road on a green light about the same time as another vehicle.

That vehicle, a grey 2012 GMC Acadia, was being driven by Oyin J. Mitchell, 39, Lithia Springs, police spokesman Officer Mike Bowman said. Mitchell was heading eastbound on Richard D. Sailors Parkway towards the same intersection, Bowman said.

The GMC Acadia then turned left onto New Macland Road in front of the motorcycle, which struck the right side of the GMC, Bowman said. Gaiter was transported by ambulance to Wellstar Kennestone Hospital where he was pronounced deceased later that evening, Bowman said.

The GMC’s driver, Mitchell, did not receive any injuries and a juvenile passenger, who was restrained in a car seat, also did not require medical treatment at the scene, Bowman said.

The collision remains under investigation and charges are expected to be filed when the investigation is complete, the spokesman said.