Police consider DUI charges in deadly I-185 crash

Columbus police investigate the scene of a three car crash that left one woman dead.
Columbus police investigate the scene of a three car crash that left one woman dead.

COLUMBUS, Ga — Columbus police say two people may face charges after a deadly three car crash on Interstate 185 early Sunday morning.

Sargent Fred Carnes says of the three drivers involved, two were considered “under the influence” and alcohol is listed as a “contributing factor” in the crash. He says charges are pending at this time.

A full police report says a black Nissan Maxima was traveling southbound on I-185 at about 1:20 a.m. The report says the car drifted into the grass median and began to flip over.

At the same time, a green Kia Soul was traveling northbound. The black car crashed into the northbound lanes on its roof, sliding across the road before hitting the green car on its rear left side, according to the police statement.

A white Chevy Cruze was also driving in the northbound lanes of I-185. The white car crashed the green Kia that was stopped in the roadway after the first crash, the police report says.

The white Chevy burst into flames after the crash and the driver was able to get out of the car without injury. A pedestrian who stopped to give aid to the initial crash victims was injured by debris from the second crash.

One passenger was killed in the initial crash. The report says two passengers from the black Nissan, two passengers from the green Kia, and both drivers were all taken to Midtown Medical Center with visible injuries.

Sgt. Carnes says as of Monday morning, none of the injuries are considered life threatening.

All three cars involved sustained extensive damage.

The drivers of the black Nissan and the white Chevy are listed in the report as “u.i. (under the influence), alcohol”. Carnes says police will consider charges after the drivers can be cleared by the hospital.



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