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Wrong-Way Driver Killed in Gwinnett County Crash


Posted on Apr 13, 2013

A Gwinnett County accident attorney at the Law Offices of Shane Smith recently read about a tragic accident that took place early on the morning of March 30, 2013. According to reports, this deadly Gwinnett County car crash occurred around 2:00 a.m. and involved a wrong-way driver.

The Gwinnett County Police Department reported to several news channels that the fatal crash occurred on Georgia Highway 316. The wreck was ultimately caused by the wrong-way driver, who drove north in the southbound lanes of Interstate 85, just north of DeKalb County line. From there, the driver transitioned onto Georgia Highway 316 continuing in the wrong direction, traveling east in the westbound lanes.  Police indicated that the driver drove in the wrong direction for nearly seven miles before crashing his car into two guard rails.

Upon impact, the car broke into two pieces. Police stated that the unidentified male driver died at the accident scene.

During the time the driver was driving in the wrong direction, many motorists called 911 to inform the police about the wrong-way driver. According to Gwinnett police Sgt. Rich Long, 911 operators began receiving reports of a Honda vehicle “moving northbound on I-85 in the southbound lanes at a high rate of speed.” The Gwinnett DUI Task Force units attempted to stop the wrong-way driver, but were unable to due to the driver’s speed and reckless driving.

Police have not said if the driver was drunk; however, they are continuing to investigate the wreck and should have updates shortly. 

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Shane Smith
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