Georgia Officials Identify Victims of South Fulton Fatal Police Chase Crash
SOUTH FULTON, GA. – According to an online news report from mdjonline.com,officials have identified the victims of a fatal police chase crash that occurred in South Fulton, Georgia.*
South Fulton Police officer Deontae Walker was chasing the driver of a stolen Mercedes Benz on Jonesboro Road. Near the Ga. 138 and Interstate 85 intersection, a work van crossed into Walker’s path. The police cruiser struck the side of the van, and the van flipped and caught fire. Three people in the van died in the crash, and three others were injured. Walker was also injured and treated at a local hospital. He has since been released.
The victims have been now identified as 22-year-old Clemente Flores, of Dallas, Texas, 22-year-old Marcus Martin (city not reported), and 20-year-old Camerino Sanchez Hernandez (city not reported). The survivors of the crash have also been identified as 25-year-old Gilmar Gomez-Lopez, of Atlanta, Georgia, 26-year-old Menfil Martin Perez, of Chamblee, Georgia, and Victor Chavez (age and city not reported).
The crash is still under investigation by Georgia State Patrol, liability has not yet been determined. Walker said his lights and sirens were on at the time, but the driver of the van told police he did not hear any sirens or see any lights. The driver and other witnesses said the van was making a left turn on a green light, and the police cruiser had a red light.
The incident prompted the South Fulton Police Department to release its chase policy to the public. The policy says a stolen vehicle is a justifiable reason to give chase, but the policy goes on to say that an officer should do “everything within his/her authority to apprehend the subject without resorting to a high-speed chase.”
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