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Woman killed by vehicle in SW Atlanta Applebee's parking lot
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Woman killed by vehicle in SW Atlanta Applebee's parking lot

ATLANTA (WXIA) -- A 19-year-old man was charged with vehicular homicide after he struck and killed a 77-year-old woman in a parking lot at an Applebee's restaurant in southwest Atlanta Thursday afternoon.

Jerrell Acklin had his first court appearance Friday at 9 a.m. He was charged with second-degree vehicular homicide and giving a false name, and will be in court again on Apr. 23.

Acklin is accused of hitting Mable Benning outside the restaurant at 3690 Cascade Road, near Interstate 285.

Scott McBride of the Fulton County Police Department said the body was found in the parking lot just outside the restaurant. He says Acklin backed his car out of a parking space at the restaurant, where he struck the woman

Police declined to release the victim's name, but family members later contacted 11Alive News and identified her as Benning. They initially called the incident a hit-and-run, and later said they had determined it was not a hit-and-run incident.

The Fulton County Police Department was continuing their investigation.

Mable Benning's family members plan to release more information about her on Friday.

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