A man has been killed and six others injured after a driver suspected of DUI who was attempting to flee from the police crashed his Dodge Challenger into two other cars in Atlanta.
WSB-TV Atlanta reports that a police trooper spotted the black Challenger at roughly 3:40 a.m. on Saturday morning driving the wrong way. The trooper immediately gave chase and the driver of the Dodge pulled onto I-75/85 south.
Shortly after, he slammed into a red Ford Expedition and a silver Nissan Altima. The impact was so severe, that a number of passengers in the Expedition were ejected from the vehicle. The driver and three rear-seat passengers sustained various injuries, while 28-year-old Juan Gispert, who was sitting in the front passenger seat of the Ford, was killed. Two passengers in the Altima were also injured.
There is a major accident on 75/85 Southbound past Williams St (Mile Post 249C). Currently, all lanes are blocked. Cars are being diverted southbound on 75/85 to use exit 249C (Williams Street). I’m working to find out what happened here. I’ll have an update at 6. @wsbtv pic.twitter.com/LeBvDsin6j
— Lauren Pozen WSB (@LaurenPozenWSB) April 20, 2019
Police report that the driver of the Challenger, Kahre Williams, fled the scene of the crash on foot and was later arrested. The 34-year-old, who reportedly has a history of 13 arrests, many of them related to traffic violations, hadn’t sustained any injuries.
Security camera footage shows the start of the chase, with the Dodge speeding down a busy street while being chased by the trooper. A video from WSBTV reveals the extent of the damage sustained to the vehicles involved in the accident, which is indeed shocking.
The massive crash forced authorities to shut down the road for several hours. When Williams was detained, he refused a blood test. Authorities say he was charged with second-degree murder, vehicular homicide, two counts of serious injury, felony fleeing and related traffic charges.
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