“The stolen Lexus SUV continued down Bell Drive at a high rate of speed, where the driver of the vehicle lost control and crashed into a home on the corner of Bell Drive and Afton Way,” Defense said.
Despite the damage to the SUV, Defense said the driver was able to crawl out from the wreckage and escape. A 16-year-old female passenger and two male passengers were left behind.
The girl was dead at the scene. The other two passengers were treated by responding medics and taken to Wellstar Kennestone Hospital, according to police.
Their conditions were not provided. The names of the passengers were not released “at the family’s request for privacy,” Defense said.
“Keeping with the core values of the Smyrna Police Department's commitment to transparency, Chief Joseph Bennett requested the Georgia State Patrol to come and investigate the accident portion of this tragic accident and senseless death,” he said.
The police department is continuing its investigation into the burglary and theft stemming from the incident at the dealership, as well as the criminal damage to property and death resulting from the crash.
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