Multi-vehicle pileup on Cobb Parkway results in serious injury to Marietta man

Marietta police SUV

Officer Chuck McPhilamy of the Marietta Police Department wrote in a public release that the department’s Selective Traffic Enforcement Program (S.T.E.P.) Unit is investigating a three-vehicle serious injury pileup that happened on Cobb Parkway South at Spinks Drive on Saturday, November 26 at around 6:48 p.m.

According to investigators, a 31-year-old Marietta man driving a 2021 Toyota Tacoma was traveling at a high rate of speed and failed to yield for a stopped 2018 Toyota Camry driven by a 62-year-old Marietta man.

The momentum from the Tacoma pushed the Camry into the rear of a stopped 2020 Jeep Gladiator driven by a 41-year-old Florida man.

The Tacoma then barrel rolled and came to rest on its wheels on the side of the road.

The driver of the Camry was taken to Wellstar Kennestone Hospital with serious injuries.

The drivers of the Tacoma and the Jeep received minor injuries.

The driver of the Tacoma was arrested and taken to the Cobb County Adult Detention Center, charged with DUI less safe (M), Open container (M), Reckless driving (M), Obstruction (M), Tampering with evidence (M), Failure to maintain lane (M), and Following too close (M).

“DUI less safe” is a Georgia law sometimes invoked when blood alcohol falls below 0.08 grams, or when a driver refuses to take a roadside sobriety test.

The crash investigation remains under investigation and anyone with information is asked to contact Officer B. Gunkle at (770) 794-5357.

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About the City of Marietta

The City of Marietta is the county seat of Cobb County. The latest estimate from the U.S. Census Bureau puts the population of the city at 60,867 which makes it the largest city in Cobb County by population.

However, the city is in a neck-and-neck race with fast-growing Smyrna, whose population was 56,666 at the last estimate.

Here are a few fast facts from the Census Bureau

Marietta city, Georgia


Population, Census, April 1, 202060972

Population, Census, April 1, 201056579

Age and Sex

Persons under 5 years, percent6.7%

Persons under 18 years, percent21.8%

Persons 65 years and over, percent13.2%

Female persons, percent49.9%

Race and Hispanic Origin

White alone, percent53.4%

Black or African American alone, percent(a)32.3%

American Indian and Alaska Native alone, percent(a)0.6%

Asian alone, percent(a)1.9%

Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander alone, percent(a)0.0%

Two or More Races, percent4.7%

Hispanic or Latino, percent(b)15.7%

White alone, not Hispanic or Latino, percent46.4%

Population Characteristics

Veterans, 2016-20202678

Foreign born persons, percent, 2016-202016.6%


Owner-occupied housing unit rate, 2016-202044.0%

Median value of owner-occupied housing units, 2016-2020$310,100

Median selected monthly owner costs -with a mortgage, 2016-2020$1,856

Median selected monthly owner costs -without a mortgage, 2016-2020$526

Median gross rent, 2016-2020$1,145

Families & Living Arrangements

Households, 2016-202024148

Persons per household, 2016-20202.39

Living in same house 1 year ago, percent of persons age 1 year+, 2016-202077.9%

Language other than English spoken at home, percent of persons age 5 years+, 2016-202023.7%

Computer and Internet Use

Households with a computer, percent, 2016-202095.1%

Households with a broadband Internet subscription, percent, 2016-202086.6%


High school graduate or higher, percent of persons age 25 years+, 2016-202088.6%

Bachelor’s degree or higher, percent of persons age 25 years+, 2016-202044.0%


With a disability, under age 65 years, percent, 2016-20206.3%

Persons without health insurance, under age 65 years, percent20.2%


In civilian labor force, total, percent of population age 16 years+, 2016-202067.2%

In civilian labor force, female, percent of population age 16 years+, 2016-202061.2%

Total accommodation and food services sales, 2012 ($1,000)(c)264544

Total health care and social assistance receipts/revenue, 2012 ($1,000)(c)1584232

Total manufacturers shipments, 2012 ($1,000)(c)1129407

Total retail sales, 2012 ($1,000)(c)1976915

Total retail sales per capita, 2012(c)$33,875


Mean travel time to work (minutes), workers age 16 years+, 2016-202028.5

Income & Poverty

Median household income (in 2020 dollars), 2016-2020$59,594

Per capita income in past 12 months (in 2020 dollars), 2016-2020$36,112

Persons in poverty, percent14.1%


All firms, 201210501

Men-owned firms, 20124934

Women-owned firms, 20124186

Minority-owned firms, 20124286

Nonminority-owned firms, 20125502

Veteran-owned firms, 20121015

Nonveteran-owned firms, 20128663


Population per square mile, 20102451.4

Land area in square miles, 201023.08