Gwinnett County

Innocent woman killed in crash as bullets fly at busy intersection, police say

GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. — An innocent woman was killed this afternoon when a driver crashed into her while trying to avoid gunshots, Gwinnett County police say.

Police said around 1 p.m., the driver of a pickup truck was being chased by another car on Winters Chapel Road near Peachtree Industrial Boulevard in Gwinnett County.

The driver of the pickup truck told police that he was giving someone a ride from a nearby location when he got into an argument with people in a black SUV. At some point during the fight, at least one of the people in the SUV started shooting.

The driver then ran a red light and slammed into a white Volvo, police said. Police identified him as Johnathan Porch. Police have not identified woman who ran from his truck.

Video from witnesses at the scene showed the driver of the truck on the phone explaining to someone what happened.

A female driver in the Volvo was killed in the accident. She was just passing by and not involved in the shooting incident.


Channel 2's Tony Thomas spoke with two witnesses who tried to help.

"He was like, ‘Can you check if I'm not hurt? Someone was shooting that's why I had to run the red light," said witness Diana Olivares.

"There's bullet holes in the truck he was being shot at. So when he hit her, he was going like 80, 90 miles an hour. One car came back into the grass here, and other wrapped around the pole," said witness Jasper Williams.

Police said no one was hit by the bullets.

The driver of the pickup truck was arrested charged with vehicular homicide.

A woman who was a passenger in the pickup truck apparently ran from the scene. Police are still trying to track her down. Police found an infant girl in the back seat of the pickup truck. She was taken to the hospital to be checked out.

Police are searching for the black SUV.

The intersection has since reopened.