Deadly accident caused by driver running red light

Photo by Brian Giandelone

Photo by Brian Giandelone

DULUTH -- A Duluth woman died from injuries sustained during a six-vehicle accident Tuesday morning after running a red light at a busy intersection, officials said.

Rita Westbrook, 57 of Duluth, was reportedly traveling north on Old Peachtree Road and entered the intersection with Sugarloaf Parkway at about 11:10 a.m., during which time she was T-boned by another driver in an SUV, Gwinnett County police spokesman Cpl. Edwin Ritter said.

The impact of the collision sent both Westbrook and the other driver into "four other occupied vehicles that were stopped for the traffic light in the westbound lanes of Sugarloaf Parkway," police said.

Westbrook died on the scene. The driver of the vehicle that struck her, 61-year-old Duluth resident Deborah Bush, was transported to Gwinnett Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries.

The drivers of the four remaining vehicles all complained of minor injuries, Ritter said. Only one was taken to the hospital, with non-life-threatening injuries, he said.

Accident investigators determined that Westbrook ran the red light as she entered the intersection. Speed and alcohol are not believed to be factors in the incident, which remains under investigation.