A 57-year-old woman whose stalled vehicle was hit from behind by an alleged drunk driver died late Monday, a day after the wreck that also critically injured her passenger on I-285.
Now Mr. Francisco Rodriguez-Vasquez, the 26-year-old man accused of causing the wreck, has been charged with homicide by vehicle in Ms. Evelyn P. Ngoboworigha’s death, Dunwoody police announced Tuesday.
He was also charged with serious injury by vehicle, hit and run, DUI and reckless driving, police spokesman Mr. Timothy Fecht said.
The other victim, Mr. Stroyer T. Butler, remained in critical condition at Grady Memorial Hospital in a medically induced coma, Mr. Fecht said.
The call first came in as a report of a stranded motorist. But moments later the call was upgraded to a wreck with serious injuries.
Ms. Ngoboworigha and Mr. Butler, 35, were in a stalled 2000 Mercury Grand Marquis when it 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, Mr. Fecht said.
The Chevrolet’s unlicensed driver, Mr. Rodriguez-Vazquez, fled the scene. But he was apprehended a short time later in the area and arrested, Mr. Fecht said.
Ms. Ngoboworigha was transported to Atlanta Medical Center where she had been placed on a ventilator before succumbing to her injuries, officials said.
Mr. Butler was taken to Grady Memorial Hospital where he has also been placed on a ventilator, according to police.
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