Georgia Tech Student Killed in Motorcycle Accident Was Lakeside Graduate

Liam Rattray graduated from Lakeside before entering Georgia Tech. He had just graduated with a public policy degree.

Liam Rattray, the Georgia Tech graduate who was killed Monday night when he was struck by a drunk driver, was a graduate.

Rattray was driving his motorcycle along Moreland Avenue near the Vortex restaurant in Little Five Points at about 9:40pm, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Police have charged 42-year-old Darrin Murphy in Rattray's death, according to WSB-TV. A judge denied Murphy bond on Wednesday.

Rattray, a well-respected college student, was deeply involved in organics and sustainability. From the AJC:

Rattray graduated from Georgia Tech Summa Cum Laude and had a number of accolades, including outstanding undergraduate researcher from the Ivan Allen College and outstanding student from the school of public policy.

He was the legislative aid for Georgia Organics and just received a $50,000 grant for a renewable-energy project at Truly Living Well, an Atlanta community garden with organic fruits and vegetables. The project was borne out of work at the Georgia Tech Research Institute.

"A lot of his work focused heavily on sustainability," said Christopher Carter, who met Rattray 11 years ago during a robotics competition. "He always dreamed very big, and he wasn't afraid to pursue those dreams."

He also started a company and a blog called Arkfab, which focused on growing local, sustainable mushroom farms.

“That was going to become his career: public policy and urban farming and education,” Ian Rattray said.

No word yet on a funeral service. North Druid Hills-Briarcliff Patch will keep you updated.

Rattray, who was born in London, had become an American citizen three months ago.


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