C.H. James Parkway collision leaves Mableton man dead

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According to a report from Officer Sarah O’Hara of the Cobb County Police Department, a fatal collision on C.H. James Parkway at Oglesby Road is under investigation by the department’s Selective Traffic Enforcement Program (STEP). The crash, which occurred yesterday at about 10:31 p.m. left a Mableton man dead, and an Austell man hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries.

Collision on C.H. James Parkway

 

Investigators report that Freddie Allen Few III, 23, was driving a blue 2006 Suzuki when a Paulding County sheriff’s deputy attempted to initiate a traffic stop on C.H. James Parkway.  Few fled at a high rate of speed toward Oglesby Road.  A black 2009 Dodge Ram, driven by Guillermo Martinez, 33, of Austell, was traveling northbound on C.H. James preparing to make a left turn onto Oglesby.  It crossed into the path of the Suzuki, and the collision caused the Dodge to rotate and overturn onto its roof.  Few was ejected from the Suzuki.

The debris from the collision struck another Dodge Ram, but the driver of that vehicle was uninjured.

Few was pronounced dead on the scene.  Martinez was transported to WellStar Kennestone Hospital for treatment of injuries that are not life-threatening.

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The investigation is ongoing, but investigators believe excessive speed is a contributing factor in the collision and do not expect to file charges. Anyone with information is asked to contact Cobb County Police Department’s STEP Unit at 770-499-3987.

STEP Unit

 

The STEP Unit, which investigated this incident, is one of the department’s Special Operations units, and  is described on the web page of the Cobb County Police Department as follows:

“The Selective Traffic Enforcement Unit is responsible for investigating all fatal traffic crashes, enforcement of traffic laws in those areas which analysis indicates an elevated amount of crashes. They are also responsible for the administration and execution of the Motor Carrier Safety Assistance Program. They also take part in special security details, and investigate crashes involving Department vehicles when requested.”

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