Amanda Parker
Photo: Gwinnett County Sheriff's Office
Photo: Gwinnett County Sheriff's Office

Driver jailed after fatal I-85 wreck with disabled vehicle

A woman is behind bars after a fatal chain-reaction wreck on I-85 near Duluth on Saturday morning, police said.

Gwinnett police said the wreck occurred about 6 a.m. just north of Pleasant Hill Road.

According to investigators, an occupied, disabled vehicle on the right shoulder of the interstate was struck from behind by a driver failing to maintain their lane, pushing the disabled vehicle back into traffic. The disabled vehicle was then struck by a tractor-trailer and caught fire. 

Although passers-by were able to pull the driver of the disabled vehicle to safety, 24-year-old Najee  Clarke of Lawrenceville subsequently died from his injuries.

 Authorities identified the driver who caused the collision as Amanda Skye Parker, 33, of Norcross. She is charged with driving under the influence, first-degree homicide by vehicle, reckless driving and improper lane change, records show. She remains held without bond at the Gwinnett jail.

A GoFundMe page was set up to help raise money for Clarke’s funeral expenses. 

Editor’s note: This story has been corrected from an earlier version in which the deceased victim was misidentified as the tractor-trailer driver.

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The children said they saw two men in the van and that the vehicle had a fence or cage behind the driver's seat.

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