A 6-year-old Rockdale County boy killed in a wreck was not wearing a seat belt, police said Friday.
Marcos Guitierrez, of Conyers, died at the scene of the two-vehicle wreck Thursday afternoon, and charges may be pending against his grandfather for causing the crash, Rockdale County police said.
A van and an SUV collided at the intersection of West Hightower Trail and Zingara Road, near Ga. 20, around 4:40 p.m., according to Investigator Michael Camp with the Rockdale County Sheriff’s Office. Marcos died and four others were injured in the crash, Camp said.
Investigators believe that Emilio Rosas-Bailon, 52, was driving a 1993 Mercury Villager north on Zingara Road before stopping at the intersection with West Hightower Trail, according to a crash report obtained by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. After stopping, the minivan pulled onto West Hightower Trail into the path of a 2004 Ford Explorer being driven by 16-year-old Billy Johnson, who was unable to avoid the collision, according to police.
Rosas-Bailon and Marcos’s mother, Dora Rosas-Arcos, both of Conyers, were injured in the crash and transported by ambulance to Grady Memorial Hospital, police said. Both adults were wearing seat belts, but the child was not restrained, the report states.
Johnson and his grandmother, Mary Snowden, 74, were taken by ambulance to Atlanta Medical Center, according to police. Snowden, a passenger in the Explorer, and Johnson, both of Conyers, were both wearing seat belts.
The four people injured were believed to have non-life threatening injuries, Camp said. Their conditions were not released.
Investigators remained at the scene for several hours Thursday night, working to determine what caused the wreck, Camp said.
“The exact cause of the accident is still under investigation,” Camp said in an emailed statement late Thursday. “However, it appears that the 52-year old-male driver of the Mercury Villager is at fault in the accident and charges may be pending.”