Man killed, child critical after ice-caused crash on Ronald Reagan Parkway

A patch of ice on Ronald Reagan Parkway caused a chain of events that took one man’s life Monday morning and sent a child to the hospital in critical condition.

Gwinnett County police spokesman Cpl. Edwin Ritter said two vehicles were traveling eastbound from Five Forks-Trickum Road at about 6:50 a.m. Monday when, while rounding a sharp curve, the passenger vehicle in the far right lane hit ice on the road and skidded into a pickup truck. Both cars then lost control, crossed the median and veered into oncoming traffic on Ronald Reagan Parkway.

A large SUV, one of three westbound vehicles involved in the crash, slammed into the driver’s side of the pickup truck. The truck’s driver died at the scene, and a young boy — “about 7 or 8,” Ritter said — riding in the passenger seat was lifeflighted from the scene to Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Scottish Rite.

The youngster was in critical condition, Ritter said.

Three people in the white passenger car that originally hit the ice were also transported to the hospital. They sustained non-life threatening injuries, police said. The driver of the SUV that struck the pickup suffered a compound fracture to his leg.

No identities were released.