Police: Gay Atlanta taqueria owner killed friend

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The lesbian owner of a popular Atlanta taqueria was charged with running down and killing a friend early Wednesday, allegedly stepping out of her vehicle to check the victim’s pulse before fleeing. 

Tracy Mitchell, 45, surrendered to Atlanta police hours later on Wednesday with her attorney by her side. The owner of Bad Dog Taqueria in Emory Village remains in the DeKalb County Jail charged with vehicular homicide, reckless driving and two counts of hit and run. 

Mitchell is accused of killing Emily Cameron, a photographer and friend of Mitchell’s who worked at Pinewood in Decatur. The incident happened about 1:30 a.m. on Wednesday on Arizona Avenue near Arizona Avenue Lofts in Candler Park where Cameron lived. 

“Preliminary investigations indicate that Ms. Cameron was exiting a vehicle when the driver of the vehicle accelerated in reverse knocking Ms. Cameron to the ground and striking her with his vehicle. The suspect fled the scene after the accident,” according to an incident report from the Atlanta Police Department. 

Police surveillance cameras apparently captured the incident and an officer happened to see it as it unfolded. Video footage showed a confrontation between the two women inside the Lexus RX-350 before Cameron exits, according to WSB.

A police officer saw surveillance video of the crime in real time and called it in.

They said the driver put the vehicle in reverse at a high rate of speed.

The woman somehow fell out of the passenger side while the vehicle was moving and police said she was run over.

According to police, the driver got out of the car, checked the woman’s pulse and then drove away.

The driver also crashed into a white Dodge Durango parked on the street.

Cameron died at the scene of the incident, police said.

Mitchell opened Bad Dog Taqueria in 2011. She was pursuing a second location on Edgewood Avenue, joining several LGBT-owned businesses on the strip, including Sister Louisa’s Church of the Living Room & Ping Pong Emporium, Joystick Gamebar and Noni’s Deli. The new restaurant was originally scheduled to open in summer 2014, but was delayed. In August 2014, Mitchell received a $56,000 grant from Invest Atlanta to help improve the facade of the building where she planned to open.

[h/t Georgia Voice | image via DeKalb County Sheriff's Office]

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