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Police: drunk driver caused 15 crashes, damage, death

By Associated Press

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LAST UPDATED: 08:29 a.m. HST, Jan 24, 2013



SNELLVILLE, Ga. » A 70-year-old motorist faces vehicular homicide and drunken driving charges after police say he caused 15 crashes that left one person dead and another critically injured.

Michael O. Snider of Stone Mountain is accused of carving a trail of wreckage with his pickup across two counties in northern Atlanta's suburbs. He was apprehended after the pickup slammed into a restaurant near Snellville Wednesday night, police said.

Snider is suspected of causing five wrecks in DeKalb County and 10 more in Gwinnett County, police said.

The fatal crash, which happened just before the restaurant was rammed, involved a chain-reaction collision involving five vehicles that killed Mintiwab Woldeyhans, 69, of Loganville.

Seconds before the deadly wreck, Snider's pickup struck the rear of a Toyota Camry that was slowing to a stop, police said. The impact of that collision sent the Toyota into a stopped vehicle in front of it. One of the vehicles became wedged under the trailer of a semitrailer, police said.

The driver of the Toyota, 51-year-old Yeshihareg Abebe of Grayson, suffered life-threatening injuries and was taken to a hospital for treatment. Woldeyhans, who was a passenger in the Toyota, died at the scene.

Snider "then veered off the roadway, through a parking lot and hit the front of Johnboys Home Cooking restaurant," Gwinnett police said in a statement.

Snider was released from a hospital and taken to the Gwinnett County Jail. Jail records do not indicate whether he has an attorney.







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sleepy wrote:
Moonshine
on January 24,2013 | 06:19AM
gsr wrote:
At least the police didn't shoot/kill him.
on January 24,2013 | 06:34AM
saveparadise wrote:
Could have prevented 14 more crashes and an innocent death if they did shoot him.
on January 24,2013 | 08:33AM
Waipahunokaoi wrote:
Completely agree--shoot him!
on January 24,2013 | 09:19AM
cojef wrote:
The rhetorics are terrific, wonder where they got their ideas from? "Red-neck" talk sounds a bit like that?
on January 24,2013 | 09:46AM
50skane wrote:
Your comment shows where your heads at..no comment from you about the guy who did die..obviously a cop hater.
on January 24,2013 | 02:17PM
Kate53 wrote:
Lock him up for the rest of his life for murder.
on January 24,2013 | 07:53AM
nitpikker wrote:
at his age he has no excuses.
on January 24,2013 | 04:39PM
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