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    A bicyclist killed Wednesday morning in Sandy Springs was on his way to work when a woman allegedly under the influence of alcohol hit him, according to Channel 2 Action News. Marten Bijvank, 29, of Sandy Springs, had just graduated with two degrees from Arizona State University, the victim’s wife, Valentina Fiorillo, told the news station. Starbucks, his employer, paid for his tuition, she said. According to Sandy Springs police Sgt. Sam Worsham, Bijvank was riding his bicycle southbound on Roswell Road when he was struck by a Chrysler sedan driven by 34-year-old Antoinette Battle of Atlanta. She came to a stop about 100 yards up the road. Battle was taken into custody on charges of first-degree vehicular homicide, reckless driving and DUI shortly after officers arrived around 5 a.m., Worsham said. Bijvank’s bike was broken in half as a result of the crash, police said. He died at the scene. “It's my life. It's my everything, gone because somebody made a wrong decision one day,” Fiorollo told Channel 2. “Learn a lesson please. Don't let my husband have died for no reason.” Roswell Road was shut down in both directions at Trowbridge Road for nearly four hours while authorities investigated the deadly crash.  Some lanes began reopening around 7:30 a.m., according to the WSB 24-hour Traffic Center. All lanes were reopened just before 9 a.m.  Channel 2 reported the Starbucks where Bijvank worked closed down Wednesday for employees to grieve his death. Fiorollo told the news station she met Bijvank online and went to a Bonaroo Music and Arts Festival in 2012. Bijvank was living in Netherlands with his family at the time, so Fiorollo proposed, and Bijvank moved to Atlanta. “We lived a very simple life with our two cats in our small apartment together, but we were really happy,” Fiorollo said. » For updated traffic information, listen to News 95.5 and AM 750 WSB and follow @ajcwsbtraffic on Twitter.  In other news: 
  • While there are rarely “good” times to be on Atlanta roads, holiday traffic is sure to create some extra congestion around town. This Fourth of July, according to the American Automobile Association, nearly 49 million Americans have getaway plans. » RELATED: Where to celebrate July 4th in metro Atlanta without crowds The overall travel volume is expected to rise 4.1% over last year, with an additional 1.9 million more travelers hitting the road. A huge chunk (41.4 million) of all travelers will be driving to their Independence Day destinations. According to transportation analytics firm INRIX, commutes could be four times slower than normal during the holiday period, with Wednesday, July 3 afternoon being the worst day and time for road travel for most American cities. In Atlanta, however, the absolute worst time to travel is Friday, July 5 between 5-7 p.m. According to INRIX, Atlanta commuters should expect to face delays as much as 2.5 times the normal commute. Read the full AAA news release at newsroom.aaa.com. More Fourth of July coverage from AJC: 9 places in and around Atlanta to celebrate July 4 12 ways to see fireworks in Atlanta on July 4th How big can it get? The AJC Peachtree Road Race prepares for its 50th Three things you need to make your Fourth of July more delicious 
  • The Cherokee County teenager who was unable to attend his graduation due to his cancer treatments and died earlier this week will return home Friday evening. Cherokee firefighters will lead the procession once the body of Logan Droke, who was 17 when he died Sunday, arrives at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport. RELATED: Teen cancer patient who wanted to attend graduation dies Department spokesman Tim Cavender told AJC.com the plane should arrive about 6 p.m. from Houston, Texas, where Droke was undergoing treatment at the University of Texas MD Anderson Center. The procession could affect traffic on I-75 North and I-575 North. Droke, who was diagnosed with leukemia when he was 9, was hospitalized at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Scottish Rite before he could attend his May graduation at Creekview High School, AJC.com previously reported. That prompted widespread support from first responders around metro Atlanta and the country. Cherokee County firefighter Randall Droke, Logan’s father, had his coworkers attend graduation in his son’s place. MORE: Firefighters will walk at graduation for teen cancer patient Cherokee and Cobb County firefighters also organized fundraisers to help the Droke family offset the cost of the teen’s medical bills. As of Friday night, a GoFundMe page for the family had raised nearly $20,000. In other news:
  • Thousands of people in the metro Atlanta area are without power after storms and rain blew through the area Sunday, according to Georgia Power.   A severe thunderstorm warning was in effect for parts of DeKalb, Fulton and Clayton counties until 4:15 p.m., Channel 2 Action News meteorologist Katie Walls said.  Widespread outages are impacting over 14,000 Georgia Power customers in the heart of Atlanta and as many as 20,000 across the metro, according to an outage map.  Waves of storms moved through North Georgia on Saturday afternoon as much of the state was placed under a severe thunderstorm watch for the afternoon and evening.  Walls said Sunday will bring fewer storms than Saturday, but storms that develop could be strong as Georgia’s unpredictable summer weather pattern continues.  Right now, it is 88 degrees in Atlanta. Sunday’s high is forecast at 91 degrees in Atlanta, but all that moisture in the air could make it feel pretty muggy.  Storms may linger through the first couple days of the work week, but Tuesday is expected to be sunny with a high of 88 degrees, Walls said.  Drivers could see major delays on metro Atlanta interstates for a second consecutive day thanks to a series of weekend road closures. On Saturday, traffic was stagnant through Douglas County as resurfacing work on I-20 shut down two westbound lanes near Ga. 92, the WSB 24-hour Traffic Center reported. And in Cobb County, Georgia Department of Transportation crews plan to resume bridge repairs on I-75 North in Kennesaw. That work should conclude early Monday morning.  » For a detailed forecast, visit The Atlanta Journal-Constitution weather page. » For updated traffic information, listen to News 95.5 and AM 750 WSB and follow @ajcwsbtraffic on Twitter.  » Download The Atlanta Journal-Constitution app for weather alerts on-the-go.
  • Most of a major roadway in Midtown has reopened after a gas leak in the area prompted authorities to shut it down Wednesday.  Peachtree Street was closed between 14th and 16th streets, according to the WSB 24-hour Traffic Center. All but one southbound lane reopened shortly before 4 p.m., Channel 2 Action News reported.  Traffic in the area was detoured to Spring and West Peachtree streets while crews worked to repair the leak, which was reported just before 11 a.m. The leak happened at the intersection of 15th and Peachtree streets, Atlanta fire spokesman Sgt. Cortez Stafford told Channel 2.  The leak was caused by a third-party contractor boring in the area of a gas main line, Atlanta Gas Light confirmed.  — Please return to AJC.com for updates.  In other news:
  • The southbound lanes of I-75 have reopened after a fiery tractor-trailer crash shut down the interstate at the I-675 interchange in Henry County on Friday morning. Two big rigs appear to have collided, sending one off the roadway and setting the other on fire, according to the WSB 24-hour Traffic Center. The flames were extinguished just before 8 a.m and the lanes reopened about 9:45, Henry County police said.  The wreck caused delays through Henry and Clayton counties, the Traffic Center reported. The shutdown also impacted the ride on I-675. No one was injured, Henry County police spokesman Capt. Joey Smith said. — Please return to AJC.com for updates. In other news:
  • Eastbound lanes of I-285 have reopened, hours after a chain-reaction crash involving a Dunwoody police SUV. Lanes had been closed since just before 10:45 a.m. Friday. Dunwoody police said an officer was working a wreck on the right shoulder of the Perimeter near Chamblee Dunwoody Road. As traffic slowed, a tractor-trailer hit another vehicle, causing the chain-reaction crash, agency spokesman Sgt. Robert Parsons said. The driver of the truck was the only person injured in the collision, he said. They were taken to a nearby hospital.  Inner loop traffic was brought to a standstill through Dunwoody, and onlooker delays grew on the outer loop. Eastbound drivers were eventually forced off the interstate at Chamblee Dunwoody Road, according to DeKalb County officials.  “Lingering delays and backups will continue,” the DeKalb County Emergency Management Agency said when the interstate reopened about 1:15 p.m. —Please return to AJC.com for updates. » For updated traffic information, listen to News 95.5 and AM 750 WSB and follow @ajcwsbtraffic on Twitter. 
  • Traffic is flowing again on I-675 in Clayton County after an injury crash shut down the interstate for hours Friday morning.  The northbound lanes were closed north of Ga. 42 near Rex Road about 5 a.m., according to the WSB 24-hour Traffic Center. Just before 8:30 a.m., authorities began reopening the lanes after wrapping up their investigation, the Traffic Center reported.  Clayton County police confirmed to AJC.com the crash involved multiple vehicles. No other details have been released. During the shutdown, there were heavy backups on I-675, which is the main alternate to I-75 through the Southside, the Traffic Center reported. Delays persisted through the remainder of the morning rush.  — Please return to AJC.com for updates.  » For updated traffic information, listen to News 95.5 and AM 750 WSB and follow @ajcwsbtraffic on Twitter. 
  • A woman was killed and three others were injured in a crash that shut down the southbound Downtown Connector during the Thursday morning commute.  The interstate was shut down at Langford Parkway between 4:40 a.m. and 6:40 a.m. while authorities investigated, causing miles of gridlock through Midtown. According to an Atlanta police incident report obtained by AJC.com, a Toyota Avalon rear-ended a Nissan Armada near Fair Drive, causing the vehicle to catch on fire. The passenger in the back seat of the Toyota, Barbara Sutherland, was killed. She was born in 1935 and was from Louisville, Ky., the report said. The car’s driver and front-seat passenger were both taken to Grady Memorial Hospital and were stable at the scene, the report said. The driver of the Nissan was also taken to Grady and was stable. No charges are expected to be filed in this case, police said.  During the shutdown, traffic was backed up for miles leaving I-20, according to the Traffic Center. The access road at Langford Parkway remained open. In other news: 
  • A gas tanker truck overturned on I-675 in Clayton County early Tuesday morning, spilling gallons of fuel and shutting down the southbound lanes of the interstate. While cleanup efforts were underway, authorities blocked off the ramps from the Perimeter to I-675 and shut down I-675 South before Anvil Block Road for nearly six hours. The crash was cleared and the interstate reopened just before 8 a.m., according to the WSB 24-hour Traffic Center.   The QuikTrip tractor-trailer collided with another vehicle and overturned about 2 a.m. According to Clayton County police, one driver had complaints of injuries but refused treatment on the scene.  “The interstate was shut down for a period of time due to oil being leaked from the tanker,” a spokesman for the police department told AJC.com. “Several agencies responded to assist with traffic being diverted and the spill being cleaned up.” During the shutdown, there were some associated delays along I-285 South and in the northbound lanes of I-675, the Traffic Center reported.  » For updated traffic information, listen to News 95.5 and AM 750 WSB and follow @ajcwsbtraffic on Twitter.  In other news: