Authorities look for hit-and-run suspect

LAWRENCEVILLE - Authorities are seeking the public's help in finding a man they believe was involved in a deadly hit-and-run crash Saturday in Loganville.

Francisco Casarrubias-Melchor, 26, is wanted for homicide by vehicle and felony hit and run.

According to reports, two men ran from a white 2001 Ford Expedition after crashing head-on into a Toyota Corolla driven by 47-year-old Loganville resident Howard Depass.

Depass died immediately, police said.

Gwinnett County police officers responded to the accident on Loganville Highway near The Esplanade Way at about 8:10 p.m. An initial investigation, they said, showed that the Expedition, which was later discovered to be stolen, was attempting to pass another vehicle when it hit the Corolla. Witnesses who reportedly stopped to check on the occupants said the two men exited the sport utility vehicle, said they were uninjured and ran away.

Police used tracking dogs but were unable to locate the men. Inclement weather prevented police helicopters from aiding in the search, police said.

Accident investigators were eventually able to link Casarrubias-Melchor to the crash.

Authorities are asking anyone with information as to Casarrubias-Melchor's whereabouts to call the Gwinnett County Police Department at 770-513-5100.