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McDonough wreck reportedly caused by diabetic shock

By Jason A. Smith

A case of diabetic shock was cited as the cause of a three-car wreck in McDonough Thursday night.

The incident occurred at approximately 9:30 p.m., in front of the Race Xpress gas station at 570 Ga. Highway 42.

According to a McDonough Police report, Tanya Leak, of Forest Park, was driving a Volkswagen Jetta, preparing to turn left onto Chase Court, when she saw a Chevrolet Cavalier, driven by John McClintock, of McDonough, coming up behind her car.

"She advised that she looked in her rear-view mirror, and observed [the Cavalier] not slowing down," wrote McDonough Police Officer Jeremy Hobbs, in the report. McClintock's vehicle, the report said, struck Leak's car and pushed it forward. Then, McClintock's car went in reverse, according to the report, and ran into a vehicle behind it, driven by Monica Martin, of Stockbridge.

Jake Cochran, of McDonough, who works at the gas station, said he heard the initial crash as he was preparing to close the store for the night. McClintock, said Cochran, appeared intoxicated and tried to evade police.

"He tried to run from the cops, and I saw an officer run and tackle him," Cochran said. "He started throwing up when the cops were handcuffing him."

McDonough Police Chief Preston Dorsey said further investigation of the wreck revealed that McClintock was not drunk, but was in a state of diabetic shock at the time of the collision.

"No charges have been filed as of this time," Dorsey said.

Leak and Martin, the report said, were taken to Henry Medical Center, to be treated for head and neck injuries sustained in the accident. The hospital's marketing and public relations director, Donna Braddy, said Martin was treated and released Thursday.

No further details regarding Leak's condition were available Friday.

McDonough Fire Chief Steve Morgan said McClintock refused medical care at the scene.