ATLANTA (AP/WAOK) – Police are urging a suspected hit-and-run driver to surrender after they say he struck and killed an officer who was helping a stranded motorist south of Atlanta.

Henry County police Sgt. Joey Smith said the officer was helping the driver on North Henry Boulevard when an Ford F-250 pickup truck slammed into him around 6:40 p.m. Monday.

Authorities say the truck struck officer Elgin L. Daniel and roadside assistance employee John Cook who had stopped to help, then kept going east toward Rockdale County.

Georgia State Patrol officers said the truck’s front, left side is believed to be damaged and the side door mirror is missing.

Smith says both Daniel and Cook were taken to Atlanta Medical Center with serious injuries, but Daniel did not survive. As for Cook he is said to be recovering.


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