Car Fleeing Police Strikes and Kills One, Injures One in Georgia
DEKALB COUNTY, GA- Ajc.com writes that a seventeen-year-old died in a crash this week that occurred during a police chase. The victim was identified as a resident of Decatur. A passenger in the car the victim was driving sustained severe injuries in the wreck as well. The injured passenger is a nineteen-year-old from Stone Mountain.*
The collision took place on Moreland Avenue close to Constitution Road. According to the Georgia State Police, officers were chasing four individuals in a vehicle that entered DeKalb County in the very early morning. The victim was making a left turn onto Moreland Avenue when the suspects drove through a red traffic light and collided with the left side of her vehicle.
The victim was in a Chevrolet Cavalier, and the suspects were traveling in a Mitsubishi Gallant. The injured victim was transported to the Grady Memorial Hospital, where her condition is reportedly critical. All four of the individuals in the Mitsubishi were also injured in the crash and were taken to Grady as well. The conditions of those individuals were not reported. The suspects included a 28-year-old man from Riverdale, a 44-year-old man from Fayetteville, a 28-year-old from Atlanta, and a 31-year-old man from Riverdale. Police stated that charges are pending in relation to the incident. The investigation is still underway.
Police chases often end in crashes. Officers who choose to pursue a suspect have to consider the traffic conditions and the risk posed by the suspects as well as their own police vehicle's abilities. In many cases, these instances end with the suspects escaping.
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