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Innocent Driver Dies in Police Chase Crash in Georgia


February 26, 2020

ADAIRSVILLE, GA- 11alive.com reports that a driver died in a crash with another vehicle that was trying to evade police officers over the weekend in Adairsville. The incident took place in the mid-morning when police officers witnessed a 2015 Mini Cooper traveling above the speed limit on Interstate 75. The Georgia State Patrol trooper attempted to stop the vehicle, but the driver did not pull over.*

The officer began to pursue the Cooper, which exited I-75 and headed southbound on US 41. The Cooper then drove through a red traffic signal and struck two other cars. The impact killed a 55-year-old woman who was driving a 2015 Buick Verano. The victim’s family said that the woman taught at White Elementary School. The school reported that they would be commenting on the tragic death in a formal statement. 

Another driver was also injured when the fleeing suspect struck her 1998 Dodge Durango. The 34-year-old was transported to the Gordon Hospital, where she received treatment for shoulder and head injuries. 

Police identified the man operating the Cooper as a 20-year-old from Alabama. The vehicle involved was reportedly stolen from the suspect’s grandmother last week. The driver is now facing multiple charges, including felony fleeing, felony vehicular homicide, attempting to elude, felony receiving of stolen property, and for bringing stolen property across state lines. 

Troopers stated that their vehicle was not involved in any collisions related to the incident. 

Police chases have been a topic of controversy in Georgia where Atlanta officers will no longer be pursuing suspects because of the risks involved. Reports indicate that around half of the state’s police chases result in vehicle collisions. 

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Sources:https://www.11alive.com/article/news/local/one-dead-in-wreck-stemming-from-police-chase-in-adairsville/85-38f192e0-2476-439f-a028-18ab2ebe56ed and https://www.wsav.com/crime-safety/when-are-police-chases-appropriate-we-asked-georgia-state-patrol/ and https://www.wsbtv.com/news/local/atlanta/atlanta-police-sets-no-chase-policy-effective-immediately/NMXS6JZ6LRBBPP2FE5KMY25RAY/

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