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Prosecutor: Man indicted for causing fatal Atlanta crash

May 3, 2019

ATLANTA (AP) — A man accused of leading police on a chase that ended in a crash in Atlanta that killed two people and injured five others has been indicted on charges including murder, a prosecutor said Friday.

Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard announced a 35-count indictment against Kahre Williams, 34. A lawyer for Williams didn’t immediately return a call seeking comment Friday.

Williams pulled out in front of a state patrol sergeant around 3:40 a.m. on April 20 and began driving the wrong way on a one-way street, the release says. When the sergeant tried to pull him over, Williams did a U-turn and sped away, running two stoplights before entering Interstate 75/85 southbound, the release said.

Williams, who authorities said was under the influence of alcohol, lost control of his vehicle moments later and crashed into two other vehicles on the interstate, the release said.

Juan Gispert de Armas, 64, was driving one of those vehicles and suffered two broken knees and multiple broken bones in his face. His wife, 51-year-old Maria Gispert, and his 28-year-old son, Juan Gispert Jr., both died in the wreck. His other son, 25-year-old Angel Gispert, suffered a broken leg and cuts on his scalp. A fifth passenger, 49-year-old Kimberly Bennett, suffered a broken leg and broken bones in her face.

Lara Artis, 58, who was driving the other vehicle, suffered a broken ankle and bruises on her neck and back, while her passenger, 59-year-old Charles Sibley, suffered a ruptured Achilles tendon and a broken tooth.

The charges against Williams include: felony murder, first-degree homicide by vehicle, serious injury by vehicle, hit and run resulting in death, fleeing and attempting to elude a police officer, reckless driving and driving under the influence of alcohol.