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Police to close Atlanta Highway Sunday for fatal hit-and-run reconstruction
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At 11:45 p.m. Sunday, April 22, Gainesville Police were dispatched to a hit-and-run crash involving a pedestrian at 1750 Atlanta Highway where Edwin Omar Velasquez-Galeas, 25, was pronounced dead on scene. - photo by Scott Rogers

Gainesville Police will close part of Atlanta Highway on Sunday, May 6, to reconstruct a fatal April 22 hit-and-run.

“The public should expect intermittent road closures on Atlanta Highway from Memorial Park to Industrial Boulevard from 2-6 p.m.,” Sgt. Kevin Holbrook said.

Cesar Daniel Villalobos, 26, of Gainesville, was charged with first-degree vehicular homicide.

Edwin Omar Velasquez-Galeas, 25, was killed when a vehicle struck him in the area of 1750 Atlanta Highway. Officers were dispatched around 11:45 p.m. April 22 after a passerby found the man and called police.

Attorney Arturo Corso previously told The Times Villalobos turned himself in after hiring an attorney, adding he would be fully cooperating with authorities.

Corso said it was dark and raining heavily when Villalobos was driving home from a family dinner.

Villalobos’ attorney said Velasquez “suddenly ran out into the road in front of him.”

“With his daughter screaming, he stopped and got out but could not see Mr. Velasquez anywhere,” Corso previously told The Times. “The child was trying to get out of the car and was crying hysterically. Out of panic, he got back in the car and drove home, getting his daughter to safety.”

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