MCDONOUGH - Henry County Police say a Riverdale man speeding in a stolen car struck and killed the driver of a pickup truck in a fiery crash at I-75 North at the Jodeco Road exit Tuesday morning.
The wreck shut down all northbound lanes for five hours.
HCPD spokesman Capt. Joey Smith said officers were notified around 1:27 a.m. of a Mazda CX9 SUV with a broken headlight that may have been stolen from Chamblee and was being tracked by GPS.
An HCPD officer spotted the SUV in a hotel parking lot near Mill and Jonesboro roads. When the officer tried to stop the vehicle, it hit the officer’s driver door and sped off.
With the officer in pursuit, the Mazda “entered I-75 northbound from Jonesboro Road and exited at Jodeco Road [Exit 222], performed a U-turn and continued down the exit ramp in the wrong direction,” Smith said. “As the suspect vehicle entered onto I-75, our officers did not continue the pursuit and slowed on the exit ramp. The suspect vehicle entered onto the northbound lane and collided with a white F-150.”
The truck driver, Khalif B. Patterson, 38, of Dalzell, S.C., died at the scene of the head-0n collision. HCPD officers pulled the Mazda’s driver, Adolphus P. Knight, 19, of Riverdale and an unidentified passenger from the flaming wreckage.
Knight was transported to Grady, where he later died. The condition of the passenger, who was transported to an area hospital, is unknown, Smith said.
The Chamblee Police Department confirmed the Mazda was reported stolen to them around 11:35 p.m.
“It is believed the suspects were in the McDonough area to commit entering auto thefts,” Smith said.
The Georgia State Patrol is investigating the F-150 fatality. No dashcam footage will be released until a pursuit report is complete, Smith said.