Two people were killed and three others were critically injured when a car hit a tree in Brookhaven Sunday morning. (Credit: Channel 2 Action News)

Only 1 of 5 in fatal Brookhaven crash wore seat belt properly

Investigators say only one of five people involved in a fatal crash was wearing a seat belt properly when their car hit a tree in Brookhaven.

And that man, 21-year-old Fernando Mares of Forest Park, was pronounced dead at the scene, officials with the Georgia State Patrol said Monday.

The crash happened before 4 a.m. Sunday on Clairmont Road near Clairmont Way, after a combination of wet roads and high speeds.

Officials also said the driver, 19-year-old Diego Sanchez-Reyes may have been impaired by alcohol. He was not wearing a seat belt.

Abel Rodriguez, 18, of Forest Park, was seated in the back seat without a seat belt and Rogelio Alvarado-Resendez, 18, and Marissa Mata-Munoz, 19, were restrained with the same seat belt. 

The four passengers were taken to area hospitals for treatment, GSP officials said Monday. 

No information about condition of the four survivors was available Monday.

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