Friends honor teen killed and hit on motorbike over weekend Neighbors said they wanted to see a traffic light at the intersection to avoid another tragedy.
COBB COUNTY, Ga. — A Cobb County community remembers a local high school junior who was hit and killed on his motorcycle in Marietta over the weekend.
tells neighbors Channel 2’s Michele Newell that the intersection of Piedmont and Bob Bettis streets where Gabriel McLachlan died is dangerous.
Now neighbors said they want to see a traffic light at the intersection to avoid another tragedy.
“I just prayed to God and said, ‘Please tell me he’s not gone,'” said Russell Yoharry, McLachlan’s friend.
“I cried and cried. It totally broke my heart,” said friend Lisbeth Mejia.
Those who knew and loved McLachlan will treasure his memories in their hearts.
“I think of all the memories we made together and how I will miss him dearly,” Yoharry said.
“He was just a really great guy,” Mejia said. “Determined, unique, free-spirited, loyal.”
His friends told Newell that McLachlan was an ambitious 17-year-old focused on his future.
“He wanted to be an Air Force pilot,” Yoharry said.
McLachlan was on his motorcycle when he was struck by a vehicle and killed. The driver was not charged, but police said they are still investigating.
“I’ve lived here for 20 years and we’ve had more accidents in the last month than ever before,” neighbor Laurel Smith said.
“It’s quite dangerous, to be honest. I’m not exactly sure why, but we had six accidents in three weeks,” said another neighbor, who asked not to be named. “I have a feeling there should be a traffic light or something.”
There is a growing memorial at the intersection where McLachlan was killed as friends stop by to pay their respects.
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