COLLEGE PARK — An alleged drunk driver killed a man in an auto accident during the Christmas weekend.
College Park police said the fatal accident occurred Dec. 21 at approximately 9:30 a.m., at the intersection of Roosevelt Highway and Herschel Road near Convention Center Parkway. Police arrested Cecilio Barajas Duran and charged him with DUI less safe, homicide by vehicle, hit and run, driving while unlicensed, reckless driving, and following too close, according to College Park Police Investigator Walter Jenkins.
Jenkins said Duran, 28, caused the fatal collision that killed Michael Frank George, of Anchorage, Alaska. Police said Duran, of East Point, “left the scene of the accident by running on foot,” without helping George.
Later that morning, a woman called police and told College Park Police Sgt. Stanley her boyfriend (Duran) was driving her car, a 1999 red Lincoln Navigator, and was involved in the fatal accident. She told police Duran was in the South Fulton Hospital emergency room.
When police arrived at the hospital, Duran was having a CT scan done. They spoke with the girlfriend, identified in the police report simply as “Martinez-Fernandez,” and she gave police Duran’s name and birthdate. Police checked Georgia Crime Information Center and discovered there was a Fulton County arrest warrant for Duran for failure to appear on a DUI case.
Jenkins called East Point Police to arrest Duran at the hospital, and East Point police turned him over to College Park police.
“While with Mr. Duran at the hospital, we detected a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from Mr. Duran’s person and his eyes were bloodshot red,” Jenkins said in the arrest warrant.
Police asked Duran to consent to a blood test.
“Duran did not respond; he just looked at the ceiling,” Jenkins added.