2 killed, 1 critically injured in crash in southwest Atlanta

ATLANTA — Two people are dead and another person has been critically injured in a crash in southwest Atlanta.

The crash was reported Monday in the 1400 block of Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, Atlanta police Officer Donald Hannah said.

Police said the road was wet and slick at the time of the accident, which happened around 8 a.m.

Investigators said the driver of a red Ford Mustang lost control, started to slide sideways and that’s when another car heading in the opposite direction crashed head on.

A man and a woman in the Mustang were killed in the crash. They were later identified as Jonathan Caplenas, 44, of Lawrenceville, and Misty Luke,  43, of Statham.

The driver of the other car was taken to Grady Memorial Hospital.

It had just rained in the area, and police are looking at the slick roads as a cause of the accident.


“We’re always going to be taking a look, any time we have multiple accidents, we always look at what might have caused them, what could be attributed, so we’re always assessing where we are with these accidents,” said Atlanta police Lt. Bryan Paden.