In less than nine hours, three people died Saturday in car accidents around metro Atlanta.
A College Park man was killed after an apparent single-car accident just after midnight at Marietta and Means streets in Atlanta, according to Channel 2 Action News. Witnesses told police that Kanye Burton, 39, may have lost control of his car while driving too fast. He died at Grady Memorial Hospital from his injuries.
More than four hours later, 24-year-old Devon Baxley of Marietta was killed on I-285 westbound when a car struck him, Sandy Springs police Sgt. Forrest Bohannon said.
Details were sketchy, but he said Baxley was a passenger in a vehicle. He exited that car, possibly while it was still moving, and was struck by another vehicle near the New Northside Drive exit about 4:30 a.m. Saturday, Bohannon said.
“He was in the middle of I-285,” he said. “There was no way to avoid him.”
The driver of the car that struck Baxley was not charged. The driver of the other vehicle, 30-year-old Sara Anderson of Grayson, was charged with DUI and taken to the Fulton County jail.
Georgia Department of Transportation officials said they received a call about the latest accident just after 8:30 a.m. A Walmart tractor-trailer lost control on Interstate 285 northbound Saturday morning, jackknifed, damaged a vehicle and caused three separate accidents, one of them fatal. Sanford Coleman, 59, of Fayetteville, was taken to Grady Memorial Hospital, where he died a short time later, Atlanta police spokesman Sgt. Gregory Lyon said.
John Paul Cromwell, the driver who allegedly struck Coleman, faces misdemeanor charges of following too closely and second-degree vehicular homicide, Lyon said.