Man charged in death of girlfriend

Photo by Kristen Ralph

Photo by Kristen Ralph

A Norcross man has been charged with manslaughter after his girlfriend was struck by several vehicles and killed on Interstate 285 early Sunday morning.

Cobb County police believe that 23-year-old Yasmel Garcia-Victoria was driving on the interstate near Cobb Parkway when her passenger, 38-year-old boyfriend Michael M. Swetell, pulled the emergency brake.

Investigators said that Garcia-Victoria and Swetell, both Norcross residents, exited the vehicle in the emergency lane and began to argue. During that time, Garcia-Victoria was struck by "a vehicle which did not stop." Her body was hit by multiple cars, Cobb police spokeswoman Sgt. Dana Pierce said.

"Among several other vehicles that struck the body, only one driver stopped to report it," Pierce said in a press release.

Garcia-Victoria was deceased at the scene.

Police said that after the incident at approximately 3:30 a.m., Swetell got back into the Honda Civic he had been riding in and drove to a Waffle House on Atlanta Road, where he told

an employee what had


Swetell was arrested at 7 a.m. Sunday and charged with involuntary manslaughter, reckless conduct, concealing the death of another, tampering with evidence and driving under the influence, jail records show. He is being held at the Cobb County Adult Detention Center.

Anyone who may have been involved in Garcia-Victoria's death or has knowledge of it is asked to call 770-499-3987.