The deputy attempted to initiate a traffic stop on the vehicle, but the driver refused to stop, increasing their speed to 169 mph.
Deputies from Monroe County and Butts County arrived to put out the flames and were able to pull two male subjects from the car. Authorities pronounced four dead at the scene, while two others were hospitalized.
Police said they located three guns and 17 credit cards on the scene. The investigation is still active at this time, the sheriff’s office wrote on social media.
The Monroe County Sheriff’s Office was not able to provide further details.
Our condolences go to the family and friends of those involved.
Speeding is more than just breaking the law…
The consequences are far-ranging:
- Greater potential for loss of vehicle control;
- Reduced effectiveness of occupant protection equipment;
- Increased stopping distance after the driver perceives a danger;
- Increased degree of crash severity leading to more severe injuries;
- Economic implications of a speed-related crash; and
- Increased fuel consumption/cost.
Speeding behavior and aggressive drivers may not only affect the speeder—it can also affect other drivers, pedestrians, and bicyclists. Here are some tips for encountering speeders on the road:
- Give speeding drivers plenty of space. Speeding drivers may lose control of their vehicles more easily.
- Adjust your driving accordingly. Speeding is tied to aggressive driving. If a speeding driver is tailgating you or trying to engage you in risky driving, use judgment to safely steer your vehicle out of the way.
- Call the police if you believe a driver is following you or harassing you.