Georgia Man Sentenced to 30 Years for Fiery Police Chase Crash
NEWNAN, GA. – According to an online news report from times-herald.com, a Georgia man has been sentenced to 30 years in prison to serve 15 in connection with a 2017 police chase that ended in a fiery crash on Interstate 85. Three children were injured in the crash.*
On July 9, 2017, Mario Dewayne Anderson, 33, of Lawrenceville, Georgia, was driving a red Fiat 500 northbound on Interstate 85 in Newnan, Georgia. Near mile marker 38, a Georgia State Patrol Trooper clocked Anderson driving 118 mph. The Trooper attempted to pull Anderson over on the interstate, and Anderson fled.
Anderson continued on I-85 North, then exited onto U.S. Highway 27 and turned left. He then got back onto the interstate using the exit ramp for the southbound lanes of I-85. Anderson drove north in the southbound emergency lane for several miles, then crashed into a concrete barrier in a construction zone.
The impact sent the Fiat rotating into the southbound travel lanes, where it collided with a Ford F-150. The Fiat then drove off the west shoulder of I-85, hit a guardrail, and caught on fire. Three children — ages 11, 10, and 8 — and another adult were in the Fiat at the time, and all four were injured. Two of the children were trapped in the vehicle while it was on fire.
The children were rescued by emergency crews and transported to Egleston Children’s Hospital of Atlanta. The adult passenger was transported to Grady Memorial Hospital. The driver of the F-150 was not injured.
Anderson has now been sentenced to 30 years to serve 15, after pleading guilty to fleeing, cruelty to children, reckless driving, driving under the influence, and driving on a suspended license. As a condition of parole, Anderson will be prohibited from driving a vehicle when he is released from prison.
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