Authorities say a wreck believed to have been caused by a motorist who suffered a heart attack at some point and was killed didn’t injure anyone else.
The four-vehicle crash on Ga. Highway 52 at the intersection with Ga. Highway 286 happened on Sunday at about 12:45 p.m., according to a statement from the Georgia State Patrol.
Whitfield County Coroner Bobbie Dixon said one of the drivers had a heart attack either right before or right after the wreck. That driver, Brian Chuck Parrish, 45, of Chatsworth, was traveling east on Ga. Highway 52 when his 1998 Toyota Corolla crossed the left turn lane and concrete median on the west side of the intersection, colliding with a 2003 Ford Windstar, a 2006 Chevrolet Malibu and a 2006 Kia Spectra, according to the state patrol.
Dario Dorado, who was in the third vehicle to be hit, said he saw the Corolla enter the turning lane and knew something was wrong when the driver didn’t begin slowing down. Dorado said the Corolla then jumped the median, hit a vehicle in the fast lane, bounced off a vehicle in the slow lane and crashed into his vehicle, which was also in the fast lane.
While some of the vehicles were badly damaged, no one else was injured, officials said. Dorado said at least one off-duty rescue worker was on scene before emergency responders arrived and helped open a passenger door to get to Parrish. Dorado, who said he is a recent EMT school graduate, said he checked on Parrish after the crash but couldn’t get him to respond.
Dixon said the investigation is ongoing and she had not formally determined Parrish’s official cause of death as of Tuesday afternoon.
Parrish’s obituary describes him as a Christian and “loving brother who loved movies and sports.” Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. on Thursday at Varnell Baptist Church with burial to follow in Varnell Cemetery. The family is scheduled to receive friends at Love Funeral Home today from 5 to 9 p.m.