A young man from Marietta, Georgia is facing charges after being accused of fleeing from the scene of a deadly six-vehicle wreck on I-285 on February 8.
Cobb County police spokeswoman Officer Shenise Barner said 23-year-old Rony Perez-Lucas was arrested on charges including vehicular homicide. He is also accused of hit-and-run (a felony) and failure to maintain lane in relation to the six-vehicle wreck on I-285.
The victim has been identified as 32-year-old Desmond Graham of Columbus.
According to Barner, Perez-Lucas crashed his pickup on I-285 and fled while leaving his vehicle in the road. The resulting wreck left one man dead and three injured.
Initial investigations show that Perez-Lucas was driving east along I-285 in a maroon 2002 Toyota Tundra. He was just past Powers Ferry Road around 2:25 a.m. when he struck the concrete center median.
The Tundra went back onto the highway and came to a stop before two cars struck it. A 2018 Hyundai Sonata was shoved into the center barrier while a 2017 Chevrolet Silverado struck the Tundra. Barner said both trucks ended up in travel lanes.
The deceased Graham was the driver of the Silverado and he died at the scene.
Three more cars hit the wrecked vehicles but police are not clear on the sequence of events. Barner said a 2020 Chrysler Pacifica, a 2010 Nissan Maxima, and a 2012 Audi A5 were also involved but they came to controlled stops.
The driver of the Sonata suffered injuries that were not deemed life-threatening and he was treated at Wellstar Atlanta Medical Hospital. His female passenger also sustained minor injuries and was taken to Wellstar Kennestone Hospital.
The driver of the A5 was also seen at Kennestone for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries. Meanwhile, the individuals driving the Maxima and Pacifica were not injured.
Perez-Lucas was booked into the Cobb County Adult Detention Center later that day.
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