Collision on Austell Road at Seayes results in death of Austell man

Detail of Cobb County Police Department STEP Unit vehicle in article about a crash on Hiram Lithia Springs RoadDetail of Cobb County Police Department STEP Unit vehicle (photo by Larry Felton Johnson)

According to a public information release from Officer Sydney Melton of the Cobb County Police Department a collision on Austell Road on Tuesday resulted in a fatality.

The department’s Selective Traffic Enforcement Program (STEP) Unit is investigating the accident, which occurred at 5:11 p.m. on Austell Road at Seayes Road.

The news release describes the accident as follows:

A black 2017 Suzuki GSXR1300 was travelling south on Austell Road approaching Seayes Road. A black 2016 Nissan Sentra was northbound on Austell Road at Seayes Road. The Nissan initiated a left turn toward Seayes Road and entered the path of the Suzuki. The front of the Suzuki collided with the right side of the Nissan. The collision caused the Nissan to roll. The driver of the Suzuki separated from the Suzuki and stayed in contact with the Nissan.

The driver of the Suzuki, Lawrence Peters, 26, of Austell, died at the scene. His next-of-kin has been notified.

The driver of the Nissan, a 41-year-old woman from Lithia Springs, was taken to Wellstar Kennestone Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

The accident is still under investigation, but investigators believe the speed of the Suzuki was a contributing factor in the collision.

Anyone with information about the collision is asked to phone the Cobb County Police Department at 770-499-3987.

The STEP Unit

The STEP Unit, which investigates serious or fatal traffic crashes, is one of the Cobb County Police Department’s Special Operations units, and is described on the web pageof 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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