Authorities identified 67-year-old Arturo Vela Mantilla as the man who lost his life following a two-vehicle accident on Christmas Eve.
The fatal bicycle accident took place on Barrett Parkway at Crater Lake Drive in Kennesaw just after midnight last Friday. According to the investigation reports, Arturo Vela Mantilla was heading westbound while in the right lane and his bike was equipped with a headlight and taillight.
At the same time, a silver 2006 Honda Civic was also going westbound in the right lane when it rear-ended the bicycle. The impact threw Mantilla from his bicycle. On arrival, paramedics rushed him to Kennestone Hospital where he later succumbed to his injuries.
The driver fled the scene and did not try to help Mantilla or report the accident. A witness assisted investigators to find out the 24-year-old driver of the hit-and-run vehicle. He was arrested and is facing several charges including improper passing of a bicyclist, DUI, hit-and-run and first-degree vehicular homicide. No other details are available.
An investigation continues.
December 29, 2021