High-speed pursuit ends in fiery, fatal crash in Walker County Sunday morning
According to the Georgia State Patrol: "On Sept. 20, at approximately 12:15 a.m., GSP was notified of a one-vehicle crash on GA #151 Spur at Old Trion Highway. A silver GMC Yukon was attempting to flee from a Walker County Deputy while traveling southbound on GA #151. Walker County lost visual of the GMC on GA #151 prior to GA #1. A Walker County Deputy arrived at the intersection of GA #1 and GA #151 and noticed a large fire coming from the end of GA #151 Spur. Walker County advised GSP that the vehicle was suspected to be the GMC and that it was fully engulfed in flames. The preliminary investigation indicates the GMC was traveling southbound on GA #151 Spur and failed to stop at the stop sign at Old Trion Highway. The GMC traveled across both lanes of Old Trion Highway and left the roadway. The GMC then went airborne and struck a tree with the front of the GMC. The GMC came to rest against the tree and immediately became fully engulfed in flames. The driver remained in the GMC and was pronounced deceased after Walker County Emergency Services was able to put the fire out. Due to the extent of damage from the crash, the GMC and the driver have not yet been identified. The driver was released to Walker County Coroner, and identification is still being investigated. The fire from the crash resulted in extensive damage to the residence where the crash occurred. The GMC was only occupied by the driver. No other injuries were reported. Crash report is not complete." According to the Coroner the body was sent to the GBI crime lab for positive identification. Two witnesses on scene advised they called 911 about the GMC driving reckless. They advised the GMC was been speeding, driving extremely slow, driving all over the roadway since they had gotten behind it in Catoosa County on Highway. They advised they were extremely worried about the safety of the motoring public with the way the GMC was driving. Several concerned citizens called 911 regarding the GMC before Walker County deputies attempted to stop the GMC.