Police were initially called to the intersection of Ga. 138 and West Fayetteville Road just after 1:30 a.m. to respond to a “person down” call, Clayton police spokeswoman Sgt. Julia Isaac said. When they arrived, they found Morris slumped over the wheel of his pickup truck.
“They knocked on the window attempting to wake the male,” she said. “The male woke in a confused state and sped off down Highway 138.”
It is not clear if police pursued the man after he drove away.
Soon after, Clayton police received another call reporting a crash with injuries about a mile and a half away on Ga. 138, Isaac said. The crash involved the same F-150 that police had encountered just moments earlier.
When officers arrived at the intersection of Ga. 138 and Scott Road, they found the fatal crash, Isaac said.
According to the GoFundMe page created for the family, Lewis suffered severe whiplash and required surgery for a broken leg and broken ribs. The fundraiser has set a goal of $150,000 to help with Lewis’ medical care and recovery, ongoing bills and to pay for the funerals of Gilkey and her son.
An investigation is ongoing.