BUFORD - Four children were taken to Atlanta-area hospitals after a multi-vehicle collision in Buford on Wednesday night.
Preliminary investigations indicate 26-year-old Kevin Brenner of Sugar Hill bent down to pick up his cell phone, causing his Ford truck to collide with an Infiniti stopped at a red light at the intersection of Peachtree Industrial Boulevard and West Price Road, said Gwinnett County Police Department spokeswoman Cpl. Illana Spellman.
Brenner's crash started a chain reaction, causing the Infiniti to crash into a GMC Jimmy and a Toyota Tacoma stopped in the adjacent lane.
A 3-year-old child riding in the truck with Brenner was transported to Scottish Rite Hospital and later released. Although the child shared Brenner's last name, Spellman said she was unsure what the child's relationship was to the 26-year-old driver.
Three children riding in 37-year-old Sharon Anderson's Infiniti were taken to metro-area hospitals.
A 7-year-old child was seriously injured and air-lifted to Scottish Rite Hospital in Atlanta in serious condition, Spellman said. Two other children in the vehicle, both 11, were taken to Gwinnett Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries, according to a Police Department press release.
Spellman said the children's conditions had not changed as of Thursday.
The driver of the GMC, 29-year-old Jose Luis Rodriguez Martinez of Buford, nor William E. Williams, 62, of Suwanee, driver of the Toyota, were injured.
According to an accident report, Martinez was arrested on scene after police discovered he had no valid driver's license and no proof of insurance.
Brenner admitted he was distracted while driving, bending down to pick up a cell phone. Spellman said at this point investigators are saying Brenner's reach for the cell phone is the main contributing factor in the crash. She said charges are pending against the 26-year-old.
"Given the nature of the accident, being it was a rear-end collision, it would probably be following too closely," Spellman said of possible charges. "But it's really too early to say."
According to Spellman, alcohol nor drugs appear to have contributed to the accident.