Amanda Skye Parker
Photo: Channel 2 Action News / Gwinnett County Sheriff's Office
Photo: Channel 2 Action News / Gwinnett County Sheriff's Office

Gwinnett DUI suspect granted bond after fatal I-85 crash

A woman accused of driving under the influence and causing a deadly chain-reaction wreck on I-85 was granted bond this week.

Amanda Skye Parker, 33, of Norcross, was released from the Gwinnett County jail Thursday on a $65,700 bond, according to jail records.

She’s accused of hitting an occupied, disabled vehicle on the right northbound shoulder of the interstate near Pleasant Hill Road on May 11, according to Gwinnett police. This pushed the disabled vehicle back into traffic, and it was then struck by a tractor-trailer, catching fire.

This led to the death of 24-year-old Najee Clarke of Lawrenceville, who was the driver of the disabled vehicle, AJC.com previously reported. Channel 2 Action News reported that Clarke initially pulled over about 6 a.m. because of a flat tire.

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Theses are family photos of Najee Clarke, whose funeral service is planned for Saturday.
Photo: Byrd & Flanigan Crematory and Funeral Service

In court, police investigator Timothy Jacobson said Parker smelled of alcohol and couldn’t remember much about the wreck.

“When she was being evaluated by nurses, she said she knew she hit a vehicle and another accident occurred after, but she couldn’t really remember what happened,” Jacobson said, according to Channel 2.

Parker faces charges of vehicular homicide, DUI, reckless driving and improper lane change, records show. She was granted bond of the condition that she has no access to a car, and she also has to go directly to a monitored rehabilitation facility, Channel 2 reported.

GoFundMe page was set up to help raise money for Clarke’s funeral expenses. As of Friday night, it had raised just over $2,700. 

His funeral service is scheduled for Saturday. 

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