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Police say Gayla Walker acted erratically before being struck

DUNWOODY, GA (WXIA) -- Just a little over an hour before Gayla Joyce Walker was struck and killed on I-285 on January 22, police say she was at an Exxon Gas station on Ashford Dunwoody Road near Perimeter Mall.


The manager called police at 5:08 a.m. saying Walker was acting erratically inside the adjacent convenience store. "She made some statements someone had stolen her money and passport but the officer found no factual basis," said Dunwoody Police Spokesman Tim Fecht.

"Our officer spoke with Miss Walker outside the establishment knowing that she lived close by and offered her a ride home but she refused. He also offered to call family members but she declined any additional help from us."

Fecht said just a few minutes later the manager called police again saying Walker was back in the store and continuing to act erratically.

"Our officer went back there and spoke to Miss Walker and requested that she not return to the property which she complied with. That was the last of our interaction with her," he said.

An hour and five minutes later, at 6:20, Sandy Springs police got a call that there been an accident. They say Walker was struck by a a truck and possibly several other vehicles.

The gas station is about two and a half miles from where Walker was truck. Police don't know the route she took to get there or why she apparently walked onto the interstate.

Sandy Springs Police are continuing to investigate Walker's death.