Barrow County

Off-duty officer, one other killed in head-on crash that injured 4 more

BARROW COUNTY, Ga. — Two people are dead and four are seriously injured after a head-on crash in Barrow County early Saturday morning.

Georgia State Patrol troopers were called to investigate a crash between two cars that had left multiple people dead just south of Auburn, Ga.

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Investigators say a silver Ford Mustang, driven by off-duty Auburn police officer 25-year-old Jacob H. Peek, was driving along Carl-Midway Road just after midnight when Peek lost control and traveled into the opposite lane.

That’s when investigators say Peek’s car hit a black Toyota Corolla, being driven by 28-year-old Zachary C. Smith, killing both drivers.


When first responders arrived, both men were pronounced dead on the scene. Two women and a man were in Peek’s car at the time of the accident. Another man was also in the car with Smith. All four were taken to Gwinnett Medical Center with serious injuries.

The identities of the passengers have not been released.

Troopers are still working to learn what led up to the fatal crash.

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