Gwinnett County

UPDATE: Driver ejected, killed in crash on I-85 in Gwinnett County identified

GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. — Police say a man was killed when he was ejected from his car during a crash on I-85 in Gwinnett County

Channel 2 Action News at 6 p.m. reported on the crash on the southbound lanes near Beaver Ruin Road Tuesday afternoon.

Police said they believe the driver, identified Wednesday as 40-year-old Earl Griffis IV, either had a collision or a near-collision with an SUV before he hit the median wall and his car rolled over.

After Griffis’ Honda Accord crashed, a silver or white SUV continued to travel southbound and fled the scene.

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Police are now trying to identify that SUV’s driver.

The next of kin of Griffis IV has been notified in Gary, Indiana. The cause of the accident is still under investigation.


The crash shut down the southbound lanes of the interstate for at least two hours. The lanes reopened after the afternoon rush hour.

Channel 2 was initially told by Georgia State Patrol that the crash happened because of a road rage incident. However, Gwinnett County police, who is the agency in charge of the investigation, said the crash did not happen because of road rage.

Witnesses are asked to contact the Gwinnett County Police Department.

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