An Atlanta police officer was injured and one man is dead following a crash on Wednesday in Midtown.
The crash reportedly shut down Peachtree Street for about five hours and the Georgia State Patrol is busy working the investigation to determine if street racing was a factor in the crash.
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“Police closed the area of Peachtree Street between Beverly Road and the Buford Spring Connector after a white Dodge Challenger driven by Officer Shawn Jones Jr. hit a stone wall near the Invesco building just after 2:30 a.m. Jones is the son of Atlanta Assistant Police Chief Shawn Jones Sr,” the Atlanta Journal Constitution reports. “Georgia State Patrol Sgt. John Cronin said his agency was called to help with the investigation. The officer has extensive injuries, but from what we understand, right now he is stable.”
Jones reportedly needed surgery following the crash, so was taken to Grady Memorial Hospital. The AJC reports it was unclear whether or not Jones was wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash. During the investigation, officials were seen removing SWAT gear and an Atlanta police bulletproof vest from the Challenger.
“The passenger, Ramish Attai, 20, Lilburn, was wearing a seat belt, but died on the scene, Cronin said to AJC reporters. “Shawn Jones Jr. is assigned to the Atlanta police’s airport division and works mornings, Atlanta police spokeswoman Elizabeth Espy said. He has been with the department since November 2011.”
At least one witness to the crash made a statement to officers that led the GSP to investigate if street racing was a factor in the crash. A 911 call was possibly made prior to the accident, Cronin said.
“There are still a lot of pieces to this investigation,” he said. “Obviously, speed is a factor in the crash.”
The driver of a second Challenger was arrested by Atlanta Police. It’s reported that driver may have been involved in the crash somehow.
“While he did not specify charges against the unidentified driver,” the article reads, “she left the scene. She was located by responding Atlanta officers basically high.”