Police: Driver died before crash on I-75

By Linda Looney-Bond


Police say a Florida man apparently died while driving on Interstate 75 southbound Monday evening near Henry Ford Avenue, before crashing into the back of another vehicle.

The daughter of Norman Edward Schrader, of Pensacola, Fla., told police he had complained of shortness of breath, according to a police report.

Elizabeth Schrader, 47, of Peachtree City, told police that "her father was short of breath, and she tried to take control of the vehicle when she saw that he was unable to drive anymore," the police report states.

"She tried to control the car from the passenger seat, and couldn't get the car stopped until it struck the back of another vehicle," said Officer Kevin Hughes, a Clayton County Police Department spokesman.

Schrader's 2001 Lincoln Towncar struck the back of a 2007 F-150 truck, driven by Jeremy David Scoggins of Griffin, according to the police report.

Scoggins told police he saw the Towncar traveling at a high rate of speed in his rearview mirror, the report states, and that it hit him from behind and caused his vehicle to strike the center median.

Scoggins complained of a shoulder injury, but was not transported to the hospital, according to the report.

"It was determined that driver # 1 [Norman Schrader] was deceased prior to the accident, and that the accident did not cause his death," the police report states.