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Two Marietta men killed in New Year's Day crash after fleeing from officer

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Two Marietta men died in a one-vehicle wreck early Wednesday morning in Cobb County.

The wreck happened at the intersection of South Cobb and Westside drives in Marietta, according to Cobb County police.

About 5:15 a.m., a Marietta police officer pulled over Mr. Marquis D. Parker, 28, for a traffic violation at the intersection of Sandtown Road and Westside Drive, police spokesman Sgt. Dana Pierce said.

As the officer walked towards the car, Mr. Parker sped away and headed eastbound on Westside Drive in a black Chevrolet Camaro, police said.

The officer then returned to his patrol car while the fleeing vehicle continued traveling eastbound on Westside Drive, Sgt. Pierce said.

Marietta police spokesman Officer David Baldwin said the officer did not pursue Mr. Parker after he sped away from the scene of the traffic stop, according to a media report.

“In the next few moments, investigators believe the driver went through the intersection at Westside Drive, losing traction with the roadway, and down an embankment on the east side of the intersection,” Sgt. Pierce said.

Both the driver and his passenger, Mr. Fernando J Edwards, 31, were ejected from the overturned car, he said.

Cobb County police officers found their bodies within minutes after the driver fled, Sgt. Pierce said. They were not wearing seat belts.

Investigators believe that speed and alcohol contributed to the wreck. The Cobb County police are investigating the crash because the incident ended outside of the Marietta city limits.

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