5 killed in metro area crashes overnight

1:50 PM, Sep 21, 2013   |    comments
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ATLANTA -- Five people were killed in four separate crashes overnight in Metro Atlanta. Four of those killed were riding motorcycles and a child was killed in a rollover crash on I-20

46-year-old Shawn Head of Winston, Ga. was killed around 10:20 p.m. Friday when his motorcycle left the roadway on Cobb Parkway in Marietta. Marietta police spokesman Officer David Auld said no other vehicles were involved in the wreck.

Two motorcyclists, 38-year-old Kendrick Brown of Smyrna, and 48 year old William Small of Lithia Springs, were killed around midnight in a wreck involving their motorcycles and two other vehicles. It happened on southbound I-285 between Camp Creek Parkway and Washington Road.

Roswell police say 28-year-old Sarah Howell of Alpharetta was a passenger on a motorcycle that clipped a wall on Ga. 400 northbound near Mansel Road around 1:30 a.m. Saturday. Police information Officer Lisa Holland said Howell was ejected and a passing vehicle struck and killed her. The operator of the bike, David Neil Howell, brother of the woman killed, survived but has been arrested. He faces numerous traffic charges including driving under the influence, reckless driving and vehicular homicide.

Officer Holland said the Roswell Police is actively looking for a black 2005 Jeep Liberty. There should be damage to the front passenger side of the vehicle. Anyone with information is asked to call the police department at 770-640-4100.

Early Saturday morning, in Douglasville on the ramp from I-20 to Fairburn Road, a small child was killed when a SUV hit the guard rail and overturned. A number of others, including children, were reportedly injured. No other vehicle was involved.

In Cartersville, troopers are investigating a car-bicycle crash that occurred Saturday morning around 12:15 a.m. in Paulding County four miles from the Polk County line near Wayside Lane. 

A 52-year-old man on a bicycle was traveling east on GA 6 in the right lane when his bicycle was hit from behind by a 2006 Pontiac G6 GTP being driven by Lindsay Harris, age 20, from Hiram.

The bicyclist died in the crash.

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