Update: Arrest made in fatal accident in Gwinnett, identity of victim released

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Additional Update:

Gwinnett County Police Department announced that Jonathan Porch, 41, of Braselton, has been charged with Reckless Driving, Failure to Obey a Traffic Control Device, Operating a Vehicle without a License in Possession, Possession of a Schedule IV Controlled Substance, and Vehicular Homicide 1st Degree in connection with Thursday’s fatal accident following an alleged dispute on the road in Wednesday. He is currently being held at the Gwinnett County Jail.

Next of kin for the driver of the Volvo has been notified. She is identified as Patricia Meeks Padgett, 63, of Atlanta. The female who fled the scene has not been located. The 5-month-old male child was placed in DFCS custody. The black SUV and occupants allegedly involved in the accident have not been located.

The fatality accident and shooting are being investigated as separate incidents.

Police are still seeking tips through Crime Stoppers at 404-577-8477.

Update

Gwinnett County Police Department is seeking the public’s help with information in a fatal car accident. GCPD reported that according to preliminary reports, one vehicle was being pursued by another vehicle and gunshots were fired. The vehicle being pursued crashed into an uninvolved vehicle resulting in the death of a woman in the uninvolved vehicle. If anyone has any information to share in this case, they are asked to contact GCPD detectives at 770-513-5300.  To remain anonymous, tipsters should contact Crime Stoppers at 404-577-TIPS (8477) or visit www.stopcrimeATL.com<https://www.atlantapolicefoundation.org/programs/crime-stoppers/>.  Crime Stoppers tipsters can receive a cash reward for information leading to an arrest and indictment in this case.  Case Numbers:  19-102939, 19-102943.

GCPD released the following information regarding the series of events.

At approximately 12:40 pm officers from the West Precinct responded to Winters Chapel Road at its intersection with Peachtree Industrial Boulevard in reference to a wreck with injuries.  When officers arrived they learned that a red pickup truck had collided with a white sedan.  The driver of the white sedan sustained serious injuries and died as a result of those injuries.  The Accident Investigation Unit was requested to the scene to investigate. Investigators spoke to the driver of the red pickup truck and learned that he was giving someone a ride from a nearby location when he had an altercation with occupants in a black SUV.  At some point during the altercation at least of the occupants in the SUV produced a gun and shots were fired.  The driver of the red pickup truck fled the scene and traveled south on the PIB access road.  He ran the red light at the intersection and collided with the white sedan.  The red pickup truck had two other occupants, an adult female and a young juvenile.  The adult female fled the collision scene prior to police arrival.  The juvenile was transported to an area hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Detectives were contacted in reference to the reported assault and the Crime Scene Unit was requested to process the scene.  The driver of the red pickup truck was ultimately arrested and charged with Vehicular Homicide First Degree.  The black SUV fled the scene prior to police arrival as well. Identities of the involved parties are being withheld due to the active investigation and pending notification.  The reports for these incidents are not ready for release at this time.

Initial story

The Gwinnett County Police Department Accident Investigation Unit is investigating a fatality accident on Winters Chapel Road at Peachtree Industrial Blvd in which one woman has died as a result of her injuries.

GCPD report that according to preliminary reports, one vehicle was being pursued by another vehicle and gunshots were fired. The vehicle being pursued crashed into an uninvolved vehicle resulting in the death of a woman in the uninvolved vehicle.

“Though there was a report of gunshots, we don’t believe that anyone was struck,” GCPD public information officer Cpl. Michele Pihera said in the press release.

CID and Crime Scene are at the scene assisting with the investigation. Avoid the area if possible.

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