The deadly collision occurred at Martin Luther King Jr. Drive and Bolton Road about 11:30 p.m. Saturday, Atlanta police said.

Driver charged with DUI in crash that killed two passengers

A driver was under the influence when he ran a red light Saturday, hit an SUV and killed two passengers in his vehicle, Atlanta police said.

Officers responded to the deadly crash at Martin Luther King Jr. Drive and Bolton Road about 11:30 p.m., according to police spokesman Sgt. John Chafee.

A preliminary investigation indicates 41-year-old Michael Hart III was traveling west on Martin Luther King Jr. Drive in a Chevrolet SUV when he ran the red light at Bolton Road, striking a Toyota SUV. The collision caused the Chevrolet SUV to lose control, leave the roadway and hit a tree. 

While those in the Toyota were not seriously injured, one passenger in the Chevrolet died on the scene and another was ejected from the vehicle. That passenger was taken to Grady Memorial Hospital, where he died from his injuries, Chafee said.

Hart was not seriously injured, but was also taken to Grady. He was later arrested on multiple charges, including two counts of first-degree vehicular homicide, one count of failure to obey a traffic control device and one count of DUI, Chafee said.

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