Authorities released more details Friday on an attempted traffic stop that led to a fatal crash.
Hall County Sheriff’s Office deputies attempted around 1:20 p.m. Wednesday, July 22, to stop a Chevrolet Equinox on Bethel Road near Northwoods Road.
Georgia State Patrol Sgt. C.E. Parker said the car accelerated “rapidly as soon as the deputy” turned on his blue lights. The Equinox’s driver, Christopher Wayne Sosebee, 30, of Gainesville, allegedly “failed to negotiate a righthand curve,” driving onto the north shoulder and overcorrecting, Parker said.
Sheriff’s Office spokesman Derreck Booth said the deputies “had previously received a description for a vehicle operated by a person with warrants for his arrest.”
“The deputy involved in Wednesday’s stop also had knowledge that the individual had recently fired a gun at another person,” Booth wrote in an email.
Booth said Sosebee did not turn out to be the subject of the warrant but fled anyway.
“The individual with the warrant is still at large and is the same person who fired a gun at someone recently,” Booth wrote.
The car came across Bethel Road, driving up and down a rocky embankment before landing on top of a Chevrolet 2500 work truck.
The driver of the truck, Brian Allen Hayes, 48, of Gainesville, was pronounced dead at the scene.
Sosebee was taken to a local hospital for his injuries, and his passenger, Tiffany Lynn Franklin, 28, of Gainesville, was also transported for treatment of serious injuries.
Parker said Sosebee faces charges including first-degree vehicular homicide, fleeing or attempting to elude, serious injury by vehicle, reckless driving, driving under the influence of drugs, speeding, failure to maintain lane and more.