Arrest made in fatal Floyd Road crash

Detail of Cobb County Police Department STEP Unit vehicle in article about fatal accident on I-75

An arrest was made in the fatal crash that killed two people on Floyd Road on April 7.  According to Officer Neil Penirelli of the Cobb County Police Department, the Cobb County  Magistrate’s Office issued an arrest warrant for George Cambi, 19, of Austell. on April 15, and he turned himself in to the Cobb County jail the same day.

The charges in the warrant were reckless driving, racing, two counts of first degree vehicular homicide, and second degree cruelty to children.

According to the press release:

The Cobb County Police Department’s Selective Traffic Enforcement Program (STEP) Unit has identified the vehicle Mr. Cambi was racing as a silver or gray 2007 Chevrolet Trailblazer. The vehicle has several distinguishing features including silver wheels on the front and black wheel on the back, dark tinted windows, a black hood and a loud exhaust. Investigators would like to speak with anyone who saw this vehicle during the afternoon of 04/07/2019. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Cobb County Police Department at 770-499-3987.


The incident

James Wheeler, 31, of Acworth, and Douglas Duff, Jr, of Mableton were declared dead at Wellstar Cobb Hospital as a result of the April 7 incident.

According to investigators, at 4:44 p.m. on Sunday, April 7, a 2010 Toyota driven by Wheeler was headed west on Bates Road approaching Floyd Road. Wheeler turned left onto Floyd Road into the path of a northbound 2006 Infiniti driven Cambi,  The two vehicles then collided.

Cambi and a juvenile passenger were taken to Wellstar Cobb Hospital with non-lifethreatening injuries. Wheeler and his passenger, Duff, were transported to the same hospital and were declared dead.

What is the STEP Unit?

The STEP Unit, which investigates fatal traffic crashes, is one of the Cobb County Police 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.”