Two die in accident

By Ed Brock

A man and woman were killed when the driver of another car on I-675 lost control, crossed the median and hit their SUV head-on.

The accident occurred at 4:07 p.m. when 29-year-old Cowarski Johnson of Riverdale lost control of the Chrysler P.T. Cruiser he was driving south on the interstate, Clayton County police Capt. Jeff Turner said. The Cruiser crossed the median and hit a Mitsubishi Montero in one of the northbound lanes.

Killed in the wreck were Craig Britt, 40, of Putnam County, and Njeri Whittington, 18, of Decatur. Britt was the driver of the Montero and Whittington was a passenger.

Johnson was also badly injured in the accident and was taken by air ambulance to Atlanta Medical Center. A passenger in Johnson's car, 23-year-old James Trotter of Riverdale, was taken to Southern Regional Medical Center by regular ambulance.

"(Trotter) was out walking around when we got there," Turner said.

Police were still investigating why Johnson lost control of his car and there were no charges issued as of Wednesday afternoon.

Rush-hour traffic in the northbound lanes was at a complete standstill after the accident and the southbound lanes were partially blocked as officers searched for clues there. Shortly after the accident drivers like Richard Spalding of Jonesboro stopped to help.

Spalding, who was bringing a load of crushed cars to the Newell Recycling Center in Duluth, went to check the driver of the Montero first and determined that he was dead. Then he went to check the woman.

"Her pulse was OK but her breathing was erratic," Spalding said.

Taushawn Lundy of Stockbridge saw the Cruiser spinning and rolling away from the accident and stopped to call 911.

Gary Davenport of Loganville was driving home when he saw the accident happen. He stopped his car and rushed to help, fire extinguisher in hand.

"This is someone's family. Somebody's going to be missing their family," Davenport said as he watched police clearing the scene of the accident.

Photographer Bill Yoder contributed to this story.