A 57-year-old woman and her passenger were waiting for help when their stalled vehicle was hit from behind by an alleged drunk driver Sunday on I-285.
Now both are fighting for their lives in separate hospitals.
When police first got the call it was about a stranded motorist. But moments later the call was upgraded to a wreck with serious injuries.
Ms. Evelyn P. Ngoboworigha and Mr. Stroyer T. Butler, 35, suffered life-threatening injuries after their 2000 Mercury Grand Marquis was rear-ended by a 2002 Chevrolet Tahoe, according to Dunwoody police.
The incident happened at 2:15 a.m. near Chamblee Dunwoody Road while the Mercury was disabled in the second lane from the right, police spokesman Mr. Timothy Fecht said.
The Chevrolet’s driver, Mr. Francisco Rodriguez-Vasquez, was not injured in the wreck and fled the scene, Mr. Fecht said.
But the 26-year-old unlicensed drive was apprehended a short time later in the immediate area and arrested, Mr. Fecht said.
He was in the DeKalb County jail Monday, charged with DUI, reckless driving, hit-and-run, public drunkenness and obstruction of officers.
Ms. Ngoboworigha was transported to Atlanta Medical Center where she was in critical condition and placed on a ventilator, officials said.
Mr. Butler was taken to Grady Memorial Hospital where he has also been placed on a ventilator, according to police.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Officer Tim Waldron at (678) 382-6900.
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