Conyers man killed in hit-and-run

ATLANTA -- A 23-year-old Conyers man who was celebrating his forthcoming marriage with his fiancee, family and friends was killed in a hit-and-run accident Sunday morning on the Downtown Connector.

Atlanta Police said that Jacob Guy Halbrooks may have been struck by a black, four-door Mercedes or BMW. Police say a witness to the fatal hit-and-run gave the tentative description of the car on Monday.

Halbrooks, who was in Atlanta for a pre-wedding celebration, apparently left the group and was walking on the southbound side of the Downtown Connector when he was struck by a vehicle at about 2:30 a.m. near the MLK Jr. Drive interchange, according to Atlanta Police.

Robby Atkins, Halbrooks' uncle and director of operations for National EMS in Conyers, said Halbrooks left the celebration on foot and had spoken with his mother by cell phone to say that he was coming home shortly before the accident occurred.

National EMS is a family-owned and operated business that started in Rockdale County and has expanded to Clarke, Oconee and Morgan counties. Halbrooks' mother, Joy Atkins Peppers, also works for the company. Atkins said the family has indirectly experienced tragedies like this for years through their work, but never directly.

"We've been in this business all our lives," Atkins said. "And we've seen these tragedies happen all around us, but never to us."

Atkins described his nephew as "a wonderful young man with a huge heart."

"His fiancee had a 2-year-old, and he had taken her in and treated her as his own," Atkins said.

The wedding for Halbrooks and Kayla Rose Pruett was scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 1.

Halbrooks was a graduate of Springs Academy and was employed by Shumate Air Conditioning and Heating.

Funeral services for Halbrooks are scheduled for Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2 p.m. at Scot Ward's Green Meadow Chapel. Interment will follow at Green Meadow Memorial Gardens.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.