George Kevin Cambi
Photo: Cobb County Sheriff's Office
Photo: Cobb County Sheriff's Office

Driver jailed in Cobb crash that killed 2 fathers

A driver accused of causing a collision in Cobb County that killed two fathers is in jail, records show.

George Kevin Cambi, 19, of Austell, was arrested Monday on multiple charges, including two felony counts of first-degree homicide by vehicle, according to jail records.

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The charges stem from an April 7 crash that resulted in the deaths of James Wheeler, 31, of Acworth, and Douglas Duff Jr., 35, of Mableton. Cobb police officers were sent to the scene on Floyd and Bates roads in Austell, AJC.com previously reported.

 

Police said a black 2010 Toyota Yaris was traveling westbound on Bates Drive toward Floyd Road. The Toyota turned left on Floyd Road and into the path of a red 2006 Infiniti G35, which was headed northbound on Floyd Road. The two vehicles collided.

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Wheeler, who was driving the Toyota, and Duff, who was a passenger in the vehicle, were taken to WellStar Cobb Hospital, where they were pronounced dead, according to police. Cambi, who was driving the Infiniti, and his juvenile passenger were  treated for injuries that were not life-threatening.

Suzanne Wheeler said her son, James, left behind his girlfriend and his 8-year-old son.

“He was just a loving, caring person,” she told AJC.com soon after the crash. “He had a good heart. He would help anybody. He didn’t care who it was.” 

Brittani Marotti, Duff’s sister, said her brother has three children, including an 8-month-old girl, Channel 2 Action News reported.

Cambi is being held without bond in the Cobb County Adult Detention Center. In addition to the vehicular homicide charges, he is charged with racing on highway or streets, reckless driving and second-degree cruelty to children. 

Cobb police spokesman Neil Penirelli said witnesses told officers the driver of the Infiniti was racing another vehicle moments before the crash. Police said Wednesday that the other vehicle, a silver 2007 Chevrolet Trailblazer, was located and impounded. It is not clear where the SUV was found.

This is the 2007 Chevrolet Trailblazer that Cobb County police believe the suspect was racing moments before a deadly April 7 collision.
Photo: Cobb County Police Department

Police are still searching for the driver of the vehicle, however, Penirelli said. 

Anyone with information about the case or the driver of the Chevrolet Trailblazer is urged to contact Cobb police at 770-499-3987.

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