The man was driving a blue Mazda Protege when another driver crossed into oncoming traffic and hit him head-on, according to Gwinnett County police.
Photo: Gwinnett County Police Department
Photo: Gwinnett County Police Department

Gwinnett man dies days after multivehicle crash

Gwinnett County police are investigating a multivehicle wreck near Grayson that resulted in a man’s death. 

Jaafar Bilal, 32, of Norcross, died in a hospital Jan. 5, two days after he was seriously injured in the crash, Gwinnett police spokeswoman Cpl. Michele Pihera said Monday in a news release. 

Bilal was driving a blue Mazda Protege north on Hillside Drive at the time of the crash, according to Pihera. A blue Ford Explorer was driving behind him. 

A white Toyota Tundra was driving in the opposite direction near Castle Pointe Lane, Pihera said. 

The driver of a blue Mazda Protege had to be freed from his car after the driver of a white Toyota Tundra hit him head-on, Gwinnett police said.
Photo: Gwinnett County Police Department

The Tundra was making its way around a curve in the road when it crossed the centerline and hit Bilal’s Protege head-on, Pihera said. 

The driver of the Tundra told police he is not sure how the crash happened, according to a Gwinnett incident report. 

The driver of the Explorer told investigators he saw the Tundra as it came around the curve “at a high rate of speed, wobbled, and was unable to maintain (its) lane,” the report said.  

The Explorer tried to go around the collision, but hit the back of the Protege in the process, according to Pihera. The SUV left the roadway and smashed into a tree on the right shoulder, according to the incident report.

Bilal had to be freed from his car before authorities took him to a local hospital, the report said. The other two drivers were not seriously injured. 

An investigation is ongoing. 

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