Gwinnett County police have arrested a Loganville man and charged him with multiple crimes, including homicide by vehicle, after he allegedly killed a Gwinnett County Water Resources employee with his vehicle.
Police are still investigating the incident, which happened at the intersection of Oak Grove Road and Henderson Lake Drive in unincorporated Loganville. Police Officer Senior Hideshi Valle said Thomas Allen Burke, 44, is accused of driving a vehicle that hit Gwinnett Water Resources employee Constantin George Bolof, 60, and leaving the scene of the accident.
Bolof had worked for the county since 2000 and was set to retire in nine months, county officials said on Friday.
“Our hearts are heavy,” County Commission Chairwoman Nicole Hendrickson said. “The Bolof family has lost a loved one, our Department of Water Resources has lost a faithful colleague and the Gwinnett County family has lost a valued team member. We are praying for resolve and comfort at this time.”
Bolof was directing traffic around an active construction site when the accident occurred and he died from his injuries. Burke was allegedly under the influence of alcohol when the accident occurred.
Burke was booked into the Gwinnett County Jail on Thursday. He faces charges of homicide by vehicle in the 1st degree, hit and run, driving while under the influence of alcohol and reckless driving.
"Gwinnett Police department would like to extend its condolence to his family, friends and coworkers at Water Resources," Valle said.
Bolof was a trades associate in field operations at Water Resources, and county officials said he was known around that department's offices as having a cheerful disposition.
“When our Gwinnett County family members come to work every day to serve the community, they expect to go home at the end of the day. There are no words to express the hurt I feel for the Bolof family,” County Administrator Glenn Stephens said.
“I know your prayers, as well as mine, are for peace and strength for George’s family today and every day.”