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Drunk Driver Causes 15 Atlanta Area Wrecks, Killing One


Posted on Feb 18, 2013

A man was arrested after crashing his car into a restaurant on Wednesday, January 23, 2013. According to Gwinnett County Police, they believe this driver caused five wrecks in DeKalb County and 10 more collisions in Gwinnett County, stretching from Memorial Drive in DeKalb to Walton Court outside of Snellville city limits.

Michael O. Snider, of Stone Mountain, is the 70-year-old motorists who is believed to have caused 15 crashes in the Atlanta area across two counties due to drunk driving. Officials said that one person has died and another has been critically injured in one of the wrecks he caused that evening.

Sadly, the fatal Georgia crash occurred just prior to Snider slamming his 2006 Ford Super Duty pickup truck into the restaurant. Police said he was involved in a chain-reaction crash that involved five cars. Snider rear-ended a grey 2000 Toyota Camry that was slowing for traffic, and sent it into the vehicle ahead. One of the cars ended up getting wedged under a large tractor trailer. The Toyota driver suffered critical injuries and his passenger died at the accident scene.

Snider ended up veering off the road and seconds later ended up slamming into Johnnyboy’s restaurant on Highway 78 near Snellville. He was apprehended, taken to the hospital for medical care, and then taken to Gwinnett County Detention Center where he was held without bond. He was booked for DUI, following too closely, reckless driving, vehicular homicide, and serious injury by vehicle.

According to several people who were involved in these crashes, they believe Snider was intentionally trying to hit cars.

The Law Offices of Shane Smith wishes everyone injured in these wrecks a full and fast recovery and extends our sincere condolences to the family and friends who lost their loved one in the deadly crash.

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Shane Smith
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