DEKALB COUNTY, Ga.,None - Witnesses said a hit and run driver left a woman and two injured children in her SUV when he jumped out and ran from the scene.
They survived the Wednesday morning four-car crash that left one man dead at a busy DeKalb County intersection.
The accident happened at Lawrenceville Highway and Lynburn Drive in Tucker. News Chopper 2 flew over Lawrenceville Highway, which was closed while crews worked to clear mangled cars. It reopened around noon.
Witnesses recalled that the GMC Yukon driver,who police said may have fled the scene on foot, sped past them at about 70 miles per hour and slammed into several cars stopped at a red light before flipping his SUV.
"I figured he would have to stop, but there was never any brakes, just an explosion," witness Jack Harrell told Channel 2’s Carl Willis.
A man who was stopped at the light told Willis his car was a few feet away from being hit by the SUV which police said barreled through the intersection.
“You can't do anything. All you see is the undercarriage of a car coming at your vehicle,” Tom Witts said. “If I was four feet closer, he would have come through the windshield and that would have been the end of it."
DeKalb County firefighters said the man driving the Toyota pickup truck died at the scene after the SUV slammed into the car. A total of four others were injured.
Harrell said he pulled over to see if he could help the victims.
“I was looking around to see if the body had been ejected or something, and I was just amazed that somebody could cause something like that,” he said. “I mean, it was suicidal. It didn’t even seem like it was an accident. It was so surreal.”
Police said the driver had not been caught or even identified as of Wednesday night.
"What kind of soul does a person like that have to run away?" said Witts.
Firefighters said two children who were hit by the hit-and-run driver's SUV received minor injuries.
They said the woman in his car was taken to the hospital in critical condition.