Cobb police have arrested a Lithia Springs man in what they say was a street race on Interstate 285 south near the Atlanta Road overpass that led to the serious injury of another man Thursday evening.
Investigators say 25-year-old Ashkelon Procope and 18-year-old Stephen Jasper of Stockbridge were racing southbound on the highway at about 6:39 p.m., weaving in and out of slower traffic at high speeds, when Jasper, who was driving a black Dodge Charger attempted to cut from the far left lane to the far right lane.
As Jasper attempted the lane changes to join Procope, who was driving a purple 2017 Nissan Altima in the far right lane, a tractor trailer driven by 59-year-old Darrell Price of Athens, Texas, stopped with the traffic in front of him, according to Officer Neil Penirelli, a spokesman for the Cobb Police Department.
Penirelli said before Jasper could maneuver his vehicle into the far right lane, the Charger struck the back of the truck. Jasper was transported to Wellstar Kennestone Hospital with life-threatening injuries, Penirelli said. Price was not injured.
Police say Procope and his passenger were aware of the collison and stopped at the scene, but left before officers arrived. Procope was later identified by his passenger and returned to Cobb County when contacted by investigators, Penirelli said.
Procope was arrested and charged with one felony count of serious injury by vehicle, and one count each of racing and reckless driving, jail records show. He is being held at the Cobb County jail on a $30,000 bond.
Cobb police are still investigating the incident, according to Penirelli.