Driver Killed in Tragic Crash on Stone Mountain Highway in Gwinnett County, Georgia (GA)
GWINNETT COUNTY, GA- Patch.com writes that a crash on Stone Mountain Parkway left one person dead this week. The incident occurred when a driver struck a parked SUV that was on the side of the roadway.*
Police reportedly tried to pull over a motorist traveling in a black sedan after witnessing a traffic violation. The driver fled the scene, but officers stated that they did not engage in a pursuit of the driver. Police with the DeKalb and Gwinnett Counties were called to the site of a collision a short while after the black car drove away from officers.
The police identified the car as the one they had only just attempted to stop. The vehicle had collided with the rear of a parked gold SUV, and the driver in the black car was injured. Officers stated that they had to restrain the driver in order to transport him to the hospital. The man died in the hospital.
The cause of the victim’s death is not immediately clear. Officers indicated that they did not use their guns of any deadly force when responding to the scene.
The authorities have not yet revealed the name of the victim. The next of kin have not yet been contacted. An autopsy is scheduled to establish the cause of the man’s death.
Deaths caused by police chases are increasing annually around the United States. While researchers are noticing an upward trend, those who study police chase-related fatalities point out that the actual numbers could be far higher than reported. Experts state that when police report crash deaths, they do not always indicate that the incident occurred in the context of a pursuit.
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