Weather Channel meteorologist killed in parking garage crash

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Nick Wiltgen (Photo: The Weather Channel)

Nick Wiltgen (The Weather Channel)

ATLANTA — A meteorologist for The Weather Channel died by suicide when crashing his car through an Atlanta parking garage wall and plowing into an adjacent hotel, injuring a worker, authorities said.

Senior digital meteorologist Nicholas Wiltgen, 39, was pronounced dead Sunday evening after the crash at Midtown Atlanta’s Colony Square Mall, officials said.

Mark Guilbeau, senior investigator with the Fulton County Medical Examiner’s Office, said Wiltgen’s death was a suicide.

Atlanta police spokeswoman Kim Jones said Wiltgen’s car traveled about 20 feet into the adjacent W Atlanta-Midtown where it hit a hotel worker in a storage area. The worker was treated for non-life-threatening injuries.

In a post on its website, The Weather Channel called Wiltgen “a treasured member of … the family.”

“Millions read his work every week. And were better for it. He was the beating heart of our digital weather team. And he will be deeply missed,” the station said.