CLAYTON COUNTY, Ga. - Police said a pregnant woman, her unborn child and another child were among those dead following a head-on car wreck in Clayton County early Sunday morning.
The Clayton County Police Department said a man, who drove away from medical personnel after he was found slumped in his car earlier that night, was involved in the fatal wreck and also died. Another man is in critical condition at a local hospital.
Said Clayton County Fire and Emergency Services responded at about 1:30 a.m. on Sunday to Highway 138 and West Fayetteville Road and found the man slumped over in a Ford F-150. Police said the man drove away from medics down Highway 138 after they woke him. Police said the man was in a "confused state" before driving off.
"They knocked on the window to wake him up. He was unresponsive at first. He finally woke up and was confused and discombobulated at first and sped away in the vehicle down Hwy. 138," Clayton County Police Sergeant Julia Isaac said.
Investigators learned this information while investigating a fatal wreck at Highway 138 and Scotts Road.
Officers found the driver of the F-150 dead at the scene of the crash. A man was driving the other car with a pregnant woman, child and dog inside.
The woman, the unborn baby and a child all died at an area hospital.
The driver of the car was rushed to a hospital with "critical injuries."
Investigators believe the collision was head-on.
Clayton County Police confirmed they were not in pursuit of the suspect at the time of the crash.
"I was getting ready to go to bed and there was a loud noise. BOOM! When I got up and looked outside I thought someone had hit my brother-in-laws car but it wasn’t. Then I heard sirens,"a neighbor said.
Officials said it’s time for a change.
"Right now it’s about education and educating our citizens about being safe while driving," Isaac said.
County Commissioner Felicia Franklin released a statement and said a total of 31 people have been killed on roadways in the county so far this year.
According to the statement, her team is working on improving funding for cameras, crosswalks, and sidewalks.
"Practice safe actions when you get behind the wheel of a vehicle and when you are walking make sure you cross at a crosswalk and wear light-colored clothing," Isaac said.
Police have not released the names of those killed in the crash as they work to notify all next-of-kin.
An investigation continues.
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