Two Seriously Injured in Head-on Collision

One patient life-flighted. Police say accident occurred before officers could pull over a suspected drunk driver.

Two people were seriously injured in a head-on collision near Braselton Highway and Spout Springs Road on Saturday evening around 8:30 p.m.

Both patients were trapped inside their vehicles and had to be extricated. One patient was transported to Gwinnett Medical Center. A second patient was life-flighted to Grady Hospital in Atlanta after a lengthy extrication. Gwinnett County Fire and Emergency Services public information officer Capt. Tommy Rutledge said the injuries appear to be critical.

Two other patients were transported to an area hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

According to GCPD public information officer Cpl. Edwin Ritter, police were called to the area in response to a report of a possibly drunk driver. The accident occurred before police could get the suspect vehicle stopped, Ritter said.

The Gwinnett County Police Department accident investigation unit (AIU) was called to the scene. The AIU investigates all motor vehicle accidents involving fatal or life-threatening injuries.

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Matt Hermes May 15, 2011 at 10:44 PM
Another senseless tragedy that can easily be avoided.
Kandice May 16, 2011 at 04:12 AM
Hi , My family and I were the 1st vehicle the drunk driver hit in the accident before hitting your friend. We are all safe and ok. I really would like to know how the lady is doing. I understand her privacy but can't stop thinking about her and the fact that it coul've been one of my 2 children , myself , or my husband in her shoes. She is constantly in my prayers and I hope that she has the best recovery possible. You may email me at kandicedover@hotmail.com for privacy. thank you
Ashley Pepitone May 16, 2011 at 12:53 PM
Thank you all for your concern, thoughts, and prayers. This situation is so maddening. I try my hardest not to feel hatred, but I'm not sure it is possible in this case. If anyone has questions as to the status of the victim, please don't call the hospital. They have been inundated with calls about her and while that is very heartwarming they need to focus all of their time and efforts on her care. My family created a Caring Bridge website for her, and those of you who know her name can access it by searching the site. Updates will be posted there often. Please keep praying.
Cynthia Montgomery May 16, 2011 at 02:30 PM
Drunk driving is such a thief of those that are hurt by this horrible issue. When it hits close to home, like this has, all concerned hearts are touched. I too have been concerned about this family for personal reasons. My parents were hit head on by drunk drivers some 50 years ago. The 2 drunk ladies did not have ANY life changing injuries. My parents on the other hand have never had another day that they were not in pain. Between broken hips, severely broken legs, injured eyes, lungs, ear, and other injuries they just lived in pain. Both lost length in their legs and so were always reminded of the wreck with each step they took. My mother had over 32 surgeries over the past years and it was a different childhood for us all. How can anyone think that drinking is their right? Even though I drink I believe that to be drunk and driving is a sin, plain and simple. Someone is responsible. Someone has changed the life of this lady and her family and friends. If we do not make drunk drivers responsible for their actions ( jail time and restitution) others will continue to cause chaos to those their hurt and damage. Even though I do not know this lady, I do know what her family is going through today and what whey will be going through from here on out. Pray for strength, patience, and continued progress. And to the drunk driver, get ready to pay for your actions! Do not get yourself a lawyer and try to tell everyone it was just a one time event. Man UP!
Jazz Man May 17, 2011 at 11:49 AM
My thoughts and prayers are with the victims in this senseless crash. If our system was TRUELY for victims, this woman wouldn't have to go through what she is going through. The drunk driver wouldn't have been driving drunk that night, he would have been under a jail somewhere, due to his record. Someone I use to work with, lives in Ham Mill and this year alone has been arrested THREE times (twice in a week) for DUI and drug related charges. Totaled a Porsche in the process. HE is still out there!!! WHY do they let these habitual offenders out of jail, to run us down? Not enough room in the jails? Well, I have a solution for that, but I won't go into it here. Between people out there driving under the influence and "soccer moms" on cell phones... I'm ready to leave this area and find some place where people have more respect for others on the road. Wait till you get HOME to drink, do your drugs... or talk on your phone! Sorry. This kinda thing just gets under my skin.


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