Young father, West Georgia grad killed in fiery DeKalb crash

A young father and University of West Georgia graduate was killed in a fiery head-on collision in south DeKalb County early Thursday.

Pierce Thompson, 24, was driving his vehicle south on Panthersville and Oakvale roads, police told Channel 2 Action News.

“It is unknown why at this time, but his vehicle crossed into the northbound lane,” DeKalb police Sgt. J.D. Spencer said in an emailed statement.

Thompson’s Dodge Challenger hit a Honda Accord and burst into flames, according to authorities.

Police, who were called about 1:30 a.m., said a Lyft driver witnessed the crash. Working together, the Lyft driver and officers used fire extinguishers to try to help Thompson, who was trapped inside.

“(They) attempted to pull the driver out,” DeKalb police Sgt. Howard Jenkins said. “Unfortunately, he was deceased in the flames.”

According to his social media accounts and tributes from friends, Thompson graduated from West Georgia in 2016 and had a young son.


The driver of the Honda, a woman, walked away from the crash with minor injuries, police said.

Panthersville Road near the Georgia State University Perimeter College campus was shut down for several hours Thursday morning, according to Channel 2.

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