Over the past month, metro Atlanta has been plagued with wrong-way accidents. Last week, a driver killed himself and another man while driving south in the northbound lanes of Interstate 85, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. That's the fourth wrong-way crash in two weeks.
William Brock Wright slammed his pickup head-on into another truck while driving in the wrong direction on I-85. Both Wright and Christopher O'Day, a passenger in the other truck, were killed in the accident. Police aren't sure why Wright was driving in the direction. However, in most of the recent wrong-way accidents, alcohol or drugs have proven to be a factor.
Wright reportedly began driving south in the northbound lanes of I-85 about 3:20 p.m. Wednesday. According to a 911 caller, Wright dodged several cars before slamming head-on into a truck driven by Gary A. Tucker.
"The car just totally disintegrated ... it just blew up," the caller told a 911 operator, according to the AJC. "The driver of that truck is dead. There's no way he lived."
Wright, 49, of Florida, died in the crash. O'Day, 49, of Canastota, N.Y., was taken to Grady Memorial, but died from his injuries. Tucker, 62, of Ilion, N.Y., was taken to Grady as well. He was last reported in critical condition.
The fatal wrong-way crash investigation will likely include toxicology tests; indeed, many of the recent wrong-way accidents in metro Atlanta have been drug or alcohol-related. For example, alcohol is suspected in the wrong-way crash that injured B 98.5's Kelly Stevens last month. In another incident, Frampere Ingle was shown to be drunk when she drove in the wrong direction on Ga. 400, leading to a crash that killed her and Eric Hanks.
If you kill someone while driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, you can be charged with vehicular homicide in Georgia. A conviction can get you anywhere from three to 15 years in prison.
Police aren't yet sure where William Brock Wright entered I-85, or what caused his apparent confusion. They're still investigating the accident.
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