Four people were allegedly involved in a wreck that killed their friend in Gwinnett County last month. Police said on Friday that the four were charged after they allegeldy lied about what happened and altered the scene before officers arrived.
The wreck happened shortly before 2:40 a.m. on April 26 on Dunbar Creek Road, according to Gwinnett County police.
Investigators said the victim Brandon Gaylor, 24, was riding a motorcycle when he was struck by another vehicle.
The initial report indicated that Gaylor was struck by a vehicle, which knocked him from his motorcycle, police spokesman Cpl. Jake Smith said. A second vehicle, which was following close behind struck Gaylor as he lied in the road.
But then investigators learned that the report was not entirely accurate and that the scene had been altered prior to police arrival, Smith said. In fact, officers said five vehicles were involved in the wreck and three of them struck the victim.
All five drivers were friends and were together the evening of the incident, Smith said. He also said Gaylor and one of the suspects, 24-year-old Noelle Gretzinger, were dating.
All five drivers had left a restaurant in Flowery Branch and was traveling to Gaylor’s house at 5367 Duncan Creek Road in Buford, Smith said. All five were racing each other on Duncan Creek Road as they approached the home.
But then Gaylor, who was leading as the vehicles approached his house, slowed at his driveway and was allegedly struck by Jennifer Schoeppler, Smith said.
Gaylor was knocked from his motorcycle, a green 2005 Kawasaki EX250 and was lying in the roadway when he was allegedly struck by his girlfriend, Gretzinger, who was driving a 1995 Honda Civic, Smith said. Another suspect, Andre Daniels, 20, drove through the scene in a 2004 Honda Civic and struck Gaylor’s motorcycle, Smith said.
A fifth driver, Titis Newsome, 24, was able to avoid hitting anything, Smith said. Still, police said Newsome helped Gretzinger hide her vehicle while the remaining two drivers rearranged their vehicles before officers arrived.
After police left the scene, Gretzinger and her father, Gary Woodruff allegedly retrieved her vehicle and hid it behind Woodruff’s house, Smith said. Investigators have since located and seized the vehicle as evidence, he said.
The exact order that the vehicles came through the scene is still under investigation, Smith said. Gaylor died at the scene.
The four drivers were charged with first-degree vehicular homicide, reckless driving, racing, speeding and following too closely, Smith said. Gretzinger and Newsome were also charged with hit and run as well as tampering with evidence, he said. Woodruff, Gretzinger’s father, was with tampering with evidence and obstruction of a law enforcement officer, Smith said
All five suspects were out on bond Friday.