LAWRENCEVILLE — Police believe 70-year-old Michael Owen Snider is responsible for a series of hit-and-run crashes that spanned two counties Wednesday night, a series that ended when a five-car pile-up in Snellville claimed the life of a Loganville woman and left another victim critically injured.
Jail records show Snider, a Stone Mountain resident, was booked into the Gwinnett County jail at about 12:05 a.m. Thursday and charged with driving under the influence, vehicular homicide, serious injury by vehicle, following too closely and reckless driving. Gwinnett County police spokesman Cpl. Edwin Ritter said even more charges are pending.
According to authorities, Snider and his 2006 Ford Super Duty pickup caused five hit-and-run accidents in DeKalb County Wednesday evening before continuing into Gwinnett and causing approximately 10 more.
The rampage came to an end when Snider careened into the front of Johnboy’s Home Cooking restaurant at U.S. Highway 78 and Walton Court in Snellville, just minutes after allegedly causing the five-vehicle crash that has claimed at least one life.
Ritter said that, at that point, Snider was headed eastbound on U.S. Highway 78 when he struck the rear of the Toyota Camry being driven by 51-year-old Grayson resident Yeshihareg Abebe.
“The impact of the collision caused the Toyota to strike a stopped vehicle in front of it and become wedged under the trailer of a tractor-trailer that was stopped to the left of it,” Ritter said.
The “stopped vehicle” then hit another car, while Snider veered off the road, through a parking lot and into the restaurant front. All that happened at about 8:20 p.m. Wednesday.
The passenger in the Toyota, 69-year-old Mintiwab Woldeyhans of Loganville, died on the scene from injuries sustained in the collision. The driver of the Toyota, who was not identified, suffered life-threatening injuries and was transported to the hospital, Ritter said.
Before being arrested, Snider complained of injuries and was taken to the hospital for treatment, Ritter said.
Snider is being held without bond. An incident report with more details was not yet available Thursday morning.