5-car crash claims life of boy, 4

DULUTH - A 4-year-old boy died in a five-vehicle accident Saturday that also sent two children and three adults to area hospitals, police said.

Robert Garcia, 4, of Norcross was transported Saturday to Gwinnett Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead. An autopsy revealed he died from generalized blunt force trauma, Gwinnett Chief Forensic Investigator Ted Bailey said.

The crash happened at about 8 p.m. Saturday, after the driver of a Nissan Altima reportedly attempted to make a left-hand turn out of a business on Steve Reynolds Boulevard near Club Drive. The driver, 25-year-old Rakesh Chand Sundriyal of Decatur, pulled in front of a Ford Mustang and a Jeep Grand Cherokee that were traveling eastbound on Steve Reynolds, Gwinnett County police spokesman Cpl. Darren Moloney said.

The Mustang, driven by 25-year-old Blanca Lidia Vigil of Norcross, swerved and hit the rear quarter panel of the Altima, a police report states.

Juan Javier Soza-Jarquin, 34, of Lilburn reportedly swerved and lost control of the Jeep he was driving. The Jeep entered the westbound lanes of Steve Reynolds, where it was hit by a Chevrolet Tahoe and Chevrolet S-10, Moloney said.

The driver of the S-10, 40-year-old Scotty Ghuyrane Wilson of Dacula, did not require emergency medical treatment, Moloney said. Vigil and Sundriyal and his passenger, 23-year-old Neha Gaur of Norcross, also did not require emergency treatment.

The driver of the Jeep and all of the Tahoe's occupants were taken to area hospitals, Moloney said.

Soza-Jarquin was in fair condition Monday at Gwinnett Medical Center, hospital officials said.

Amalia Cruize, 29, of Norcross was driving the Tahoe, Moloney said. A police report states 29-year-old Alberto Garcia, 12-year-old Jesus Cruize, 7-year-old Ericberto Cruize and 4-year-old Robert, all of Norcross, were riding in the sport-utility vehicle.

Amalia Cruize was in fair condition Monday at Gwinnett Medical Center, and Alberto Garcia had been treated and released, hospital officials said.

No information about the medical condition of Jesus and Ericberto was available Monday.

Everyone involved in the crash was wearing appropriate safety-restraining harnesses, Moloney said.

Charges are pending against the driver of the Altima, Moloney said.

The police report states all of the drivers except Soza-Jarquin had valid insurance.