Shock brought the Midtown morning commute to a standstill as Atlanta drivers discovered that a popular street was senselessly mutilated in the dead of night.
And road-rights groups are wondering whether it was a hate crime!
Police say Monroe Drive was the latest victim in a series of assaults that has left Atlanta roads paralyzed with grievous damage.
Monroe Drive was just lying there, minding its own business between Piedmont and Amsterdam, when this truck pulled up and a group of men attacked it, said Doris Ryder, who was taking her dog for a late-night walk when she witnessed the assault.
The midnight muggers wore hard hats and orange vests when they launched their unprovoked assault on the four-lane avenue. They struck the road repeatedly with their tools, took a coffee break, and went after it some more, Ryder said. Ill never forget hearing that beep-beep-beep when they backed up their truck and drove away.
Tool-control advocate Terry Dunstan said the Monroe mauling proves that street destruction is just too easy: How can we protect our streets if some psycho can just walk into a Home Depot and order a jackhammer with no waiting period?
But Dunstan and other road advocates say the assault needs to be prosecuted as a hate crime.
This kind of thing wouldnt have happened to a house or a dog or a human being, he noted. Roads are being singled out simply because theyre roads.