Decatur Police Issue Statement In Bike Fatal Case

Investigators say they didn't find enough evidence to establish probable cause.

The Decatur Police Department issued a statement Monday morning about its investigation into the April 30 death of Paul Taylor, a bicyclist who was struck and killed by a pickup truck on North Decatur Road.

Patch asked police to comment on an article about DeKalb Solicitor Sherry Boston's decision not to prosecute the driver of the truck. Here's what Deputy Chief Keith Lee said.

After a thorough investigation, the Decatur Police Department's accident investigators did not uncover evidence to establish probable cause that the driver involved committed any traffic violations. 

Due to the serious nature of this incident, the Decatur Police Department requested the DeKalb County Police Department's Accident Reconstruction Unit review our investigation.  They also found no evidence to support charges against the driver. 

The Decatur Police Department submitted our findings to the DeKalb County Solicitor's Office who concurred.  After consultation with the Solicitor's Office, the Decatur Police accident investigators requested the Solicitor's Office submit the investigative file to the Georgia State Patrol for review. 

After reviewing the evidence, the Georgia State Patrol concurred with the initial findings.  Although this was a tragic incident, no evidence has been discovered which would warrant charges being filed against the driver.


Other stories about Paul Taylor:

Bicylist identified as Paul Taylor.

Obit for Paul Taylor.

'Ride of Silence' to honor Paul Taylor.

Driver said bicylist appeared to be kneeling in the road.

Autopsy unclear on whether bicyclist was kneeling in the road.

'Ghost Bike' for Paul Taylor.

Paul Taylor was starting a new job the day he died.

Solicitor will not prosecute in bike fatality.

Don Broussard September 18, 2012 at 07:59 PM
Let me get this straight, if I run over a cyclist at 6:20am and the 4 lane road is otherwise empty of cars so that the bike could be avoided -- I still get to kill somebody for free? I may not be an experienced investigator of traffic fatalities — but it is clear that neither are the Decatur City Police. These other police agencies can "review" all they want — if the initial investigation (by Decatur) is incomplete or flawed, it is too late.
Judy October 25, 2012 at 06:04 PM
You weren't there and you didn't see what the bike rider did either. I have driven in those "bike riding areas" and bike riders seem to think they have the whole road, sidewalk, anything they can to keep moving. AND I'm not talking about all riders. But even the rider that goes with the rules can screw up now and then just like our car drivers. It sounds to me like the police did the right thing with two accident workups.


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