DULUTH — A Flowery Branch man died Saturday after leading police on a high-speed chase, officials said.
According to information from the Duluth and Gwinnett County police departments, 28-year-old Jeremy Carr Kelly was driving on Pleasant Hill Road near Shorty Howell Park when a license plate reader determined the tag on the Nissan Maxima he was driving to be stolen. When a Duluth police officer attempted to make a traffic stop, Kelly reportedly sped off.
“Kelly ran numerous red lights, drove at speeds in excess of 100 miles per hour and eventually drove northbound oin the southbound lane on Peachtree Industrial Blvd.,” Duluth police spokesman Maj. Don Woodruff said.
While driving the wrong way on Peachtree Industrial Blvd., Kelly slammed head-on into an SUV driven by 49-year-old Duluth resident Dawn Smith. Jose Montes, 21, of Norcross was reportedly traveling behind her and, unable to stop, hit her from the rear.
“Mr. Kelly died on scene as a result of the injuries he sustained from the collision,” Gwinnett County police spokesman Cpl. Edwin Ritter said. “Ms. Smith and Mr. Montes were both transported to Gwinnett Medical Center for treatment of serious non-life threatening injuries.”
Officers attempted to use “stop sticks” during the chase but weren’t able to get into position because of Kelly’s high speeds, Woodruff said. The crash occured at Peachtree Industrial Blvd. and Peachtree Crest Drive.
“The Gwinnett County Police Accident Investigation Unit continues to investigate this accident,” Ritter said.