Atlanta residents demand change after crash during chase caught on camera

ATLANTA — Three people are recovering from serious injuries after they were involved in a crash during a high speed chase in southwest Atlanta.

Video shows a car running away from state troopers when it slams into two other cars in the intersection of Sylvan Road and Dill Avenue.

Neighbors told Channel 2′s Matt Johnson this isn’t the first serious crash in that intersection, and someone needs to address it.

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“We’re essentially afraid to get anywhere near that intersection,” one concerned neighbor said.

The driver in Friday’s crash that left three innocent people injured involved a suspected drunk driver who was attempting to escape Georgia State Patrol, authorities say.

In 2018, a suspected car thief flipped the car in front of a business after police chased him into the same intersection.

“I pray a crash like this never happens as children, you know, walk home or to or from school every day,” a neighbor told Johnson.

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Another crash in 2019, less than half a mile away, left two men dead. After that crash, Atlanta police suspended chases.

GSP troopers do, however, still pursue suspects in chases through the streets of Atlanta.

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Neighbors say they have gone back and forth with the city for years, but with more homes being built, it’s time for something to be done. They say something as simple as stop signs in the area could cut down on the crashes that don’t involve law enforcement.

Channel 2 Action News has reached out to the City of Atlanta for a response on how they address issues like this. They say they are preparing a statement.

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