Two children and their elderly grandmother were on their way to church when they were killed Sunday morning in a high-speed police chase in College Park. Police from three different jurisdictions were still searching for the suspect hours later.
Dorothy Wright, 75, of Atlanta, and her two grandchildren, Cameron Cosner, 12, and Layla, 6, both of Fayetteville, were heading to First Peter AME Church Sunday morning when the crash occurred at 9:13 a.m. in southwest Atlanta, according to Channel 2 Action News. The trio never made it.
College Park police said the high-speed chase began in College Park where the suspect allegedly stole a black 2015 Chevrolet Suburban from the Westin hotel. It then ended on South Gordon Street and Rogers Avenue where the victims’ vehicle, a 1995 Buick Le Sabre, was blindsided on the passenger side by the stolen SUV, police said. The Buick overturned and the suspect then fled the scene, according to Georgia State Patrol.
“I saw that red car coming down the street minding their business and all the sudden I saw the black car run the stop sign right here and hit them, T-bone them,” witness David Baird told Channel 2. Paramedics tried to save the grandmother, but couldn’t, Baird said. He then saw a car seat in the back of her red car.
“There was two children,” Baird said. “All three of them are dead.”
Police have not released any information on the suspect who they said ran from the scene before officers arrived. The officers said that they had lost sight of the Suburban right before they came up on the crash, according to GSP.
The Georgia State Patrol, Atlanta police and College Park police are investigating the wreck. Anyone with information about the wreck or the suspect is asked to contact their local police department.