A chase and shooting on a major Gwinnett County road led to a woman’s death Thursday afternoon.
Photo: Channel 2 Action News
Photo: Channel 2 Action News

Driver charged with vehicular homicide after shooting leads to fatal Gwinnett wreck

A chase and shooting on a major Gwinnett County road led to a woman’s death and a man’s arrest Thursday afternoon, police said.

A woman driving a white Volvo was killed near the intersection of Winters Chapel Road and Peachtree Industrial Boulevard after being struck by a red pickup truck that was being chased by a black SUV, police said.

The woman, who has not been identified, was killed when the driver of the truck ran a red light and slammed into her just before 12:45 p.m. 

The truck had been fired at by someone in the SUV after an “altercation” of some kind, Gwinnett police spokeswoman Cpl. Michele Pihera said in a news release. No one was struck by the gunfire, but the man driving the truck ran the red light while fleeing the gunshots.

A woman and juvenile were also in the pickup, but the woman fled the scene before authorities arrived, the release said. The juvenile was taken to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries stemming from the crash.

The woman killed in the crash was not involved in the chase or shooting, according to police. Pihera said the driver of the pickup was charged with first-degree vehicular homicide. His name has not been released.

The SUV also was not at the scene when police arrived.

Bystanders told Channel 2 Action News the truck barreled through the intersection and into the woman’s car.

“There’s bullet holes in the truck. He was being shot at,” Jasper Williams said. “When he hit her, he was going maybe 80, 90 mph.” 

Winters Chapel and Peachtree Industrial were shut down for hours as police investigated, but both roads have since reopened. 

The investigation is ongoing.

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