Driver Crashes into Hearse During Funeral Procession in Gwinnett County, GA
GWINNETT COUNTY, GA. – An online news story from wsbtv.com reports that a driver crashed into a hearse during a funeral procession in Gwinnett County, Georgia, causing the hearse to roll several times after impact. Police discovered the driver was under the influence of drugs at the time, and he has been charged with a number of crimes.*
On the afternoon of Friday, February 8, family members and friends were on their way to a cemetery for the burial service of a loved one. They were in a funeral procession, traveling from the funeral service to the cemetery.
At the intersection of Lawrenceville Highway and Rockbridge Road in Gwinnett County, a vehicle drove past police officers who were stopping traffic to let the procession pass, and the driver crashed into the hearse at the front of the procession. The hearse then began rolling before coming to a rest. Norma Stanley, whose 90-year-old mother was the decedent, said the incident was extremely traumatic.
“It still doesn’t seem real,” Stanley said. “Whenever I close my eyes, that’s what I see: my mother’s hearse tumbling. Every time I close my eyes.”
It is not clear if any damage occurred to the casket. Two directors of the funeral home were in the hearse at the time, and they were transported to a local hospital with unknown injuries.
The driver of the vehicle, Troy Hickey, was arrested at the scene. Officers found evidence that he was heavily under the influence of drugs at the time. He has been charged with DUI, failure to yield to funeral procession right-of-way, and failure to obey person directing traffic.
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