The Cobb County Police Department is assisting the Austell Police Department with the investigation of the double fatality wreck, said Michael Bowman, spokesman for the Cobb Police.
Preliminary findings from investigators indicate that an Austell police officer was attempting to make a traffic stop on a silver 2005 Acura TL on Pontiac Circle near Maxham Road. The officer apparently noticed a minor traffic violation and tried to pull over the silver Acura.
But as the officer attempted to approach the driver of the Acura, the driver of the Acura sped northbound on Maxham Road in the southbound lanes, according to a news release issued by Bowman. After passing Sweetwater Lane on Austell Road and out of sight from the officer who attempted the traffic stop, the driver of the silver Acura collided head on with a gold 2000 Acura 3.5RL.
The driver of the silver 2005 Acura TL has been identified as 29-year-old Chrystina L. Stanford of Roswell. He was pronounced dead at the scene, Bowman said.
The driver of the gold 2000 Acura 3.5RL has been identified as 41-year-old Gary V. Sheppard of Marietta. He was also pronounced dead at the scene.
The investigation is ongoing, said Bowman. He did not say what type of “traffic stop” the Austell officer had initiated that led to the chase.