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Snellville bicyclist dies at Stone Mountain Park

Photo by Brian Giandelone

Photo by Brian Giandelone

STONE MOUNTAIN -- An avid bicyclist from Snellville died after crashing into a barricade at Stone Mountain Park last weekend, authorities said.

The crash that killed Marty Amestoy, 66, a real estate agent and Vietnam veteran, happened about 8 a.m. Saturday at the intersection of Robert E. Lee Boulevard and Admiral Raphael Semmes Drive.

Amestoy had come down a hill to a straightaway when he struck a barricade and plunged from the bike. The barricades were in place for a walkathon that morning, said Stone Mountain Park Police and Fire Chief Chuck Kelley.

Three witnesses saw the crash and told police Amestoy was looking down, not ahead, Kelley said. He was wearing a helmet at the time, and the bicycle was not damaged, Kelley said.

"He had head trauma," Kelley said. "(It) appeared that his head hit the road."

An ambulance transported Amestoy to Grady Memorial Hospital, where he was later pronounced dead.

The incident marked the first fatal bicycle crash Kelley had seen in 38 years with the park, he said. Amestoy leaves a wife of 42 years and three children.

A memorial service is planned Sunday at a family farm in Cumming. Arrangements are being handled by SouthCare Cremation Society and Memorial Centers in Alpharetta, the obituary says.