Two men were killed Sunday afternoon when their vehicle was hit by another vehicle that appeared to be participating in a street race, according to police.
At about 4:45 p.m. Sunday, a black 2010 Toyota Yaris driven by 31-year-old James Wheeler of Acworth was traveling west on Bates Road approaching the intersection with Floyd Road, just south of Anderson Mill Road, said Officer Neil Penirelli, a spokesman for the Cobb County Police Department. Wheeler attempted to make a left turn onto Floyd Road, entering the path of a red 2006 Infiniti G35 traveling north on Floyd Road, and the two vehicles collided, Penirelli said.
Penirelli said both Wheeler and his passenger, 35-year-old Douglas Duff Jr. of Mableton, were transported to WellStar Cobb Hospital where they were both pronounced dead. The driver of the Infiniti, 19-year-old George Cambi of Austell, and his juvenile passenger were transported to WellStar Cobb Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, he said.
Witnesses reported the Infiniti appeared to be racing another vehicle northbound on Floyd Road at the time of the crash, according to police.
Street racing, while not frequent, has been observed in the county for at least 30 years, said Barry Morgan, Cobb County’s solicitor general.
He recalled a case in another area of the county in the early to mid ’90s he said led to multiple fatalities, including a sheriff’s deputy.
“We had a couple of kids from North Cobb High School who were racing on Jim Owens Road. ... There were three kids in one car and two in another. And a deputy sheriff was coming back to work — he had been at home for lunch — and one of the cars crashed into him and killed him,” Morgan said, adding that at least two of the teens also died.
Barrett Parkway, Morgan said, is a location still known for occasional street racing.
Sunday’s collision is under investigation, and the Cobb County Police Department is asking anyone with information to call 770-499-3987.