LAWRENCEVILLE — Authorities believe Everard Nelson was fleeing a minor car crash when he caused a fatal one.
Gwinnett County police have identified Nelson, a 52-year-old Lawrenceville resident, as the man who sideswiped a vehicle Saturday night at the intersection of Lawrenceville-Suwanee and Dean roads. Things would soon get far more serious.
According to police spokesman Cpl. Edwin Ritter, Nelson fled the scene of the original accident and headed southbound on Lawrenceville-Suwanee Road “at a high rate of speed.” He then attempted to pass slower southbound traffic by driving through the grass median.
Nelson lost control of his vehicle near Woodland Park Terrace, crossed into northbound lanes and crashed into the car driven by 35-year-old Decatur man Alandis Spells.
“After impact, (Spells’ vehicle) continued forward, crossed the median and southbound lanes into a residence, causing minor damage to the house and a gas leak,” Ritter said.
Spells died on scene.
Nelson suffered serious injuries, Ritter said, and was transported to the hospital. Once discharged, Nelson will be officially served with warrants charging him with first-degree vehicular homicide, reckless driving, improper lane change and driving on the wrong side of the road.
Online records showed no local criminal history or outstanding warrants for Nelson at the time of Saturday’s incidents.