Just before 3 a.m. on November 7, 2019, Gwinnett County police notified residents on Facebook that all southbound lanes of Interstate 85, with the exception of the toll lane, were closed due to a fatal car crash.
Ronald Brown, 56, of Buford, got out of his vehicle and was struck and killed by a passing motorist. He died at the scene. The accident occurred in the right-hand lane on southbound I-85 at Boggs Road in Duluth, GA.
By 4 a.m., local police were diverting drivers off I-85 and onto Pleasant Hill Road, a southbound access road. Just before 6 a.m., Gwinnett police reopened all lanes of I-85; however, major delays remained until well after 7 a.m. At the height of the investigation, the backups stretched for 7 miles and impacted all area roadways.
What to do after a crash
If you experience a vehicle crash in Georgia, there are 7 vital steps you should take. First and foremost, you should stop your vehicle. After assessing yourself, you should check to see if there are injuries for any of the other people involved. You should then call 911.
The other 5 steps include:
- Exchange information with the other driver(s).
- Gather evidence.
- Talk to the police.
- Notify your insurance company.
- Contact a car accident lawyer.
For more details on the proper procedures for these steps, check out: What Should You Do After a Car Accident in Georgia?
Anyone who frequently drives on I-85 in the Atlanta area knows just how much of a nightmare it can be. Hopefully, you never experience a car accident. However, if you or a family member have been the victim of a car crash and need legal advice, contact one of the knowledgeable attorneys from Duluth, GA’s premier law firm, Scholle Law.