Update to a ​traffic accident that resulted in a death in Gwinnett County

Update

The Gwinnett County Police Department reported that it is investigating a traffic accident that led to a death. The accident happened following an attempted traffic stop at about 10:45 am on Thursday morning in unincorporated Stone Mountain.

According to GCPD, officers were conducting traffic enforcement on Stone Mountain Highway near East Park Place Boulevard when the driver of a black passenger car fled from an attempt to pull the vehicle over for a traffic violation. The GCPD officer did not engage in a pursuit. Shortly thereafter, DeKalb County Police Department and GCPD officers drove up on an accident on Stone Mountain Highway westbound over the West Park Place Boulevard bridge involving a gold SUV and the black passenger car that had fled from the attempted traffic stop. 

The driver of the black passenger car sustained injuries. Multiple passing motorists stopped to control and comfort the injured driver prior to officers’ arrival GCPD officers approached the scene and attempted to render aid but the driver was in medical distress and had to be restrained for transport to the hospital for treatment.  He later died.  

GCPD report that this time, it is still unclear what the driver died from.  No GCPD officer utilized any deadly force weapon against the driver. The gold SUV that the driver ran into was abandoned on the side of the road at the time of the accident.

The name of the deceased is being withheld until his next-of-kin can be notified.  An autopsy will help determine the cause of death

Initial Story

The Gwinnett County Police Department announced it is in the process of investigating an in-custody death following a traffic accident on Stone Mountain Hwy at/near West Park Place Blvd in unincorporated Stone Mountain. This happened Thursday, July 16, 2020.

According to GCPD public information officer Cpl. Michele Pihera, preliminary information given is that officers were attempting to pull over a vehicle for a traffic violation when the driver attempted to flee, eventually crashing into another vehicle. When officers were attempting to render first aid, the driver became non-compliant. He was transported to a local hospital and died shortly thereafter. 

“At this time, it is still unclear what caused his death,” Pihera said. “Officers did not discharge their firearm or use any deadly-force weapon against the driver.”

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