It was a string of car crashes and carnage so disturbing last week that it's being reported as far away as Anchorage even though it happened in Georgia.
Police in the Atlanta area say Michael Owen Snider, a 70-year old man from Stone Mountain, caused 15 crashes spanning two counties that left one person dead and another critically injured. Police say Snyder caused five wrecks in DeKalb County and 10 more in Gwinnett County.
Snider allegedly drove drunk in his Ford F-250 for 15 miles, haphazardly striking more than a dozen cars along the way. Panicked drivers called 911 as Snider continued on, not stopping until he caused a fatal wreck and rammed his own truck into a Gwinnett County restaurant Wednesday night, police said. Wait 'til you hear what his family told police...
Snider is currently in Gwinnett County jail on charges of DUI, following too closely, reckless driving, vehicular homicide and serious injury by vehicle. He was detained by Snellville Police after he attempted to flee the scene.
Following Snider's arrest, officers contacted his son and advised him of his father's location. Although officers did not mention the involvement of alcohol, the son stated he wanted it known that Snider had just come from a bar in DeKalb County. He stated that the bar continuously overserves Snider and that, despite his protestations and phone calls to the bar, nothing changed.
Local news reports said a 51-year old woman from Grayson, GA was transported to the hospital with serious injuries, where she remains. Her passenger and 69-year old mother, of Loganville, died on scene from her injuries.
According to WSBTV.com, the mother raised nine children on her own. It is uncertain whether her daughter will survive.
Sadly there was little remorse from Mr. Snider after his car finally crashed for the last time.
Alexis Stevens of the The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported that Snider said to one of the crash victims, “Do you know who I am? I do whatever I want.”