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

Attorney for driver accused in fatal Cobb crash says client’s life is in danger

The attorney for a Cobb County man accused of street racing and causing a wreck that killed two fathers contends his client’s life is in danger. 

George Kevin Cambi, 19, of Austell, has been in the Cobb County jail since April 15 in connection with the crash. His attorney, Phil Holloway, said in court Tuesday that a “credible” threat posted on Facebook by a friend of a crash victim forced deputies to move Cambi into a “segregated pod,” Channel 2 Action News reported.

Cambi, who was in court one month after the fatal crash, was denied bond. He faces multiple charges, including two felony counts of first-degree homicide by vehicle.

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Cobb police officers were sent to the scene in Austell on April 7, AJC.com previously reported. Police said a 2010 Toyota Yaris traveling westbound on Bates Drive turned left onto Floyd Road and into the path of a 2006 Infiniti G35 driven by Cambi. The two vehicles collided.

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James Wheeler, 31, of Acworth, was driving the Toyota, and Douglas Duff Jr., 35, of Mableton, was a passenger in the vehicle. Both were taken to WellStar Cobb Hospital, where they were pronounced dead.

It was revealed in court that Cambi was allegedly racing with his 1-year-old daughter improperly strapped in the backseat.

“It’s obvious he had no consideration for his own child’s safety,” an emotional Douglas Duff Sr. said at Cambi’s hearing. “He chose to drive that way that day and he caused what happened to happen.” 

Both Cambi and his daughter were treated for injuries that were not life-threatening.

In addition to vehicular homicide charges, Cambi is charged with racing, reckless driving and second-degree cruelty to children. 

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Suzanne Wheeler said her son, James, was survived by his girlfriend and 8-year-old son. Brittani Marotti, Duff’s sister, said her brother had three children, including an 8-month-old girl, Channel 2 reported.

Police are still searching for the driver of a silver 2007 Chevrolet TrailBlazer they believe Cambi was racing. 

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