2 die in car accidents

NORCROSS - Two people were killed in separate car accidents Wednesday.

Traffic was backed up on Interstate 85 North after a 1951 Ford F100's tire blew, causing the truck to jerk into the other lane and hit a 2006 GMC Canyon.

Cpl. Darren Moloney, spokesman for the Gwinnett County Police Department, said the Ford, driven by 53-year-old Dallas, Ga., resident Freddie Grizzle, hit the back right side of the GMC Canyon driven by 64-year-old Chalmus Gunter Jr. of Commerce.

Gunter lost control of the car and overturned, Moloney said. He was ejected from the vehicle and transported to Gwinnett Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.

The accident occurred at 2:11 p.m. just south of Steve Reynolds Boulevard.

Neither Grizzle nor his passenger, 45-year-old Deborah Jones, was injured, Moloney said. No one involved in the accident was wearing a seat belt.

Woman killed in Snellville accident

A 37-year-old Avondale woman was also killed Wednesday when her 1999 Lexus four-door collided with a 2001 Ford F250.

Moloney said the woman, whose name has not been released pending the notification of her family, was turning left out of the subdivision from Brandon Lake Drive onto Lenora Church Road. The Ford, driven by 44-year-old Conyers resident Paul Edward Slifko, was headed north on Lenora Church Road when the two vehicles T-boned at 9:05 a.m.

Slifko suffered minor injuries, but declined medical treatment, Moloney said. The driver of the Lexus was pronounced dead at the scene.

Slifko is cooperating fully with investigators, Moloney said. No charges are pending, and the investigation is


The woman was wearing her seat belt at the time of the accident, Moloney said. The intersection is controlled by a stop sign at Brandon Lake Drive.