Cobb Police say speed, alcohol and the failure to use safety restraints caused the deaths of 28-year-old Marquis D. Parker and 31-year-old Fernando J. Edwards, both of Marietta.
At about 5:15 p.m. Tuesday, a Marietta police officer pulled over Parker, who was driving a black 2011 Chevrolet Camaro “SS” at the intersection of Sandtown Road and Westside Drive.
After the officer exited his police cruiser and approached Parker’s car, police say he fled eastbound on Westside Drive, traveling through an intersection, and lost traction, causing him to travel down an embankment on the east side of the intersection.
Parker and Edwards were ejected from the overturned car and were found within minutes of fleeing.
Marietta police say he was not pursued after fleeing.
Just about 2 miles away and 12 hours later, an 88-year-old woman was killed in a vehicle crash involving an unmarked Marietta Police Department Ford Explorer.
Evelyn Lyle was traveling north on Powder Springs Road near Bellemeade Road in a 1995 Oldsmobile Cierra when she is suspected of failing to yield to oncoming traffic and turned left into the path of the unmarked police vehicle.
The front of the police Explorer struck the right front quarter panel of the Cierra.
Evelyn Lyle was pronounced dead at WellStar Kennestone Hospital. Michael Lyle, 66, a passenger in the Cierra, is listed in critical condition.
Major Cliff Kelker, who was driving the Explorer, was not injured.
No charges are pending at this time but the investigation remains active, according to police.