Authorities said when Sanchez left the parking lot, he drove north on Buford Highway and ran a red light at the intersection of Chamblee Tucker Road and Buford Highway.
The Ford F-150 smashed into Schonbak’s 2010 Honda Civic, which had the right-of-way, according to Stallings. The impact between the vehicles led to a series of crashes with four other cars. No other major injuries were reported.
Sanchez ran away from the scene but was found an hour later and arrested, Stallings said. In addition to murder, Sanchez is charged with first-degree vehicular homicide, failure to obey traffic control devices, speeding and felony hit-and-run.
Investigators also plan to charge him with kidnapping, cruelty to children and theft by taking, Stallings said.