Two people lost their lives in a Fulton County crash at the end of a police chase on the night of Friday, April 2.
According to the details shared by the Coweta County Sheriff’s Office, the chase began in Coweta County. Deputies with the Sheriff’s Office were on the I-85 exit near Welcome Road when they spotted a vehicle with traffic violations. These violations included a missing headlight.
Based on these violations, the deputies began chasing the vehicle. The suspect vehicle sped away and illegally overtook a vehicle that had stopped at a red light. It then took a turn onto Collinsworth Road.
The deputies following the suspect turned on the blue lights to persuade the suspect driver to stop. However, the driver continued to drive away at high speeds while dangerously overtaking other vehicles on the road.
The pursuit lasted for nearly 1.7 miles during which the vehicle drove at speeds as high as 70mph. The stretch of road where the pursuit took place has a speed limit of 45mph.
According to the deputies, they lost sight of the vehicle and were at some distance behind it as it drove close to Fayetteville Road and Blossom Street. It was around this time that the vehicle crashed into a tree at a high rate of speed.
The vehicle had two occupants in it at the time of the Fulton County crash. One of these was identified only as a man aged 30, while the other was a 28-year-old woman. Both occupants suffered critical injuries in the collision and died on the scene of the crash.
During the preliminary investigations, police found that the driver had several warrants out for him from the Gwinnett County Police Department. The female passenger was wanted by the Palmetto police.
In most car accidents, it is possible to recover suitable compensation from the negligent party. For an Atlanta crash, for instance, you can seek damages with help from an Atlanta car accident lawyer. However, in crashes like these that involve law enforcement, the negligence typically lies with the pursued parties.