Serious Injury Crash in Austell

Cobb County Police car in article about collisions I-75 and Windy Hill RoadCobb County police car (photo by Larry Felton Johnson)

According to a public information release from Officer Sarah O’Hara of the Cobb County Police Department, the department’s Selective Traffic Enforcement Program (STEP) Unit is investigating a serious injury collision that occurred on Crossing Creek Point in Austell on Tuesday, November 13, 2018 at around 12:12 a.m. 

STEP investigators reported that a black 2003 Toyota Camry was headed south on Crossing Creek Point when it crossed into oncoming traffic before briefly leaving the roadway. The driver steered the vehicle back onto the road, and the Toyota struck a 2012 Ford F-350 pickup truck parked on the curb. 

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According to the report, “Because of the impact from the Toyota, the Ford was projected forward into a red 1990 GMC Safari Van which had been parked in front of the Ford. Both the Ford and the GMC were unoccupied when they were struck.”

The Toyota’s driver, Shakir Williams, 26, of Atlanta, was taken to Grady Memorial Hospital with life-threatening injuries. A male passenger was also transported to Grady but his injuries are not life threatening. 

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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Larry Felton Johnson
Larry Felton Johnson is the editor and publisher of the Cobb County Courier. He holds a degree in journalism from Georgia State University and enjoys exploring the county's trail and greenway network when he isn't covering county government meetings and court proceedings.

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