• 12-year-old boy hit, killed crossing busy Gwinnett County road

    By: Tony Thomas


    GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. - A boy was killed after he was hit by multiple cars while crossing a busy Gwinnett County road on Tuesday night. 

    Police said Gianni Salazar, 12, was attempting to cross six lanes of Pleasant Hill Road near Woodberry Drive around 7 p.m. when he was hit by three vehicles. Salazar was not in a crosswalk when he tried to cross the road.

    "The young man crossed Pleasant Hill near an intersection, but there wasn't a crosswalk that he could (have) used," Cpl. Michele Pihera, with the Gwinnett County Police Department, said.

    The boy was taken to a local hospital, where he later died. 


    The three drivers stayed at the scene and will not face any criminal charges, police said. 

    Channel 2's Tony Thomas learned Salazar had autism and slipped out of his home without anyone knowing before the incident.

    "These drivers didn't do anything wrong," Pihera said. "So these drivers had no way of knowing that there was going to be anybody, let alone a child crossing Pleasant Hill."

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