FOREST PARK — The Georgia State Patrol says three people were killed a three-vehicle crash in front of City Hall on Forest Parkway that scattered debris for a block and shut down traffic in both directions for hours Friday night. The accident happened shortly before 6:30 p.m. and shut down the intersection until just after 1 a.m. Saturday.
Lt. Stephanie Stallings of the Georgia State Patrol said, "A Chevy Corvette was traveling east on Forest Parkway. The Corvette crossed the median and entered the westbound lanes. While traveling east in the westbound lane, the Corvette struck a Ford Fiesta head-on. After impact with the Ford Fiesta, the Corvette struck a Ford Expedition also in the westbound lanes. The driver and passenger of the Ford Fiesta were deceased at the crash scene."
Killed were Jesse Williams, 54, of Clayton County, who was driving the Corvette, along with Christina Carbajal, 44, the driver of the Fiesta, and her passenger, Miguel Hernandez, 63, also of Fayette County. GSP said Carbajal was the grandmother of a 13-month-old baby passersby rescued from the wreckage of the Fiesta by breaking out the rear window. Forest Park Police said the child was transported to Children's Healthcare of Atlanta Egleston Hospital and was reported in good condition.
WilliamS was ejected from the Corvette and sustained critical injuries, according to GSP and FPPD. Witnesses say two people leaving the Recreation Center lifted a piece of an automobile off the man. He was transported to Grady, where he was pronounced dead.
Witnesses said the Corvette was speeding on Forest Parkway, tried to go between cars, then lost control. The Corvette spun and hit a small brown compact car and "exploded" parts and debris for about a block on Forest Parkway and onto the grass near the railroad tracks. They said the driver of the Corvette was thrown across Lake Drive and landed in the street in front of the Recreation Center. A green SUV traveling west on Forest Parkway struck what was left of the Corvette. The driver of the green SUV said his knee was injured in the collision.
Troopers with flashlights could be seen peering into and under the vehicles and spray-painting marks on the road. Stallings said the GSP Specialized Collision Reconstruction Team was assisting in the investigation.
Carlos Orozco, who witnessed the accident, said a Corvette was traveling "80 or 90 miles an hour" east on Forest Parkway, then tried to cut between two cars.
"He drove in the middle of two cars, between us, and then he lost control," Orozco said. "He went over the median, spun one time and as soon as he spun he hit the car head-on and as soon as it happened, it exploded. I'm assuming it exploded because that's what's left of it. The Corvette driver got ejected a couple of hundred feet away."
Orozco said he and several other drivers stopped to render aid, broke the rear window of a small brown car and rescued a baby from the back seat. "No scratches or nothing, the baby was fine. It was a little girl. We gave it to the fire department."
A woman who was interpreting from Spanish for the unidentified driver of the green SUV said, "He heard the crash, then he heard the vehicle rolling or spinning and parts flying. It was still sitting there where it is, then he hit it....He said he saw the other (brown) car after he got out of his car."