The driver has been identified as Michael Owen Snider, 70, of Stone Mountain, Georgia.
The victim has been identified as Mintiwab Woldeyhans, 69, of Loganville, Georgia.
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Gwinnett County police say an apparent DUI driver is at fault for a deadly accident on Highway 78 near Snellville on Wednesday night. Investigators believe the man hit 17 vehicles before slamming into a car, setting off a chain of events that left a woman dead, and another hospitalized.
Police say a man behind the wheel of a pickup truck slammed into their vehicle, pushing it into and under a big rig.
“We bust the window open. At that time we only thought it was one person. But something told me to go around the other side,” said witness Cameron Brown.
Moments after the impact, drivers passing the scene rushed to help.
“We just tried to maintain her, keep her still,” said Brown.
While some witnesses focused on helping those inside the crushed car, others trailed the driver accused of setting the events in motion to a nearby parking lot where police say he crashed into a restaurant.
“The guy got out and someone pinned him against the wall,” said witness Eric Prichard.
Gwinnett county investigators say the unidentified driver was drunk, and that the trouble started at another location.
“This originated in DeKalb County, where he hit five different vehicles, causing five different accidents. Drove into Gwinnett County and was involved in 12 separate hit-and-run accidents. And then was involved in this accident here,” said Cpl. Edwin Ritter of the Gwinnett County Police Department.
The alleged drunk driver complained of injuries and was taken to an area hospital. Police say the driver faces numerous charges, including vehicular homicide, reckless driving, DUI and several counts of hit-and-run.
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