ATLANTA – Two drivers, including an off-duty Atlanta Police officer have been charged with racing, reckless driving, speeding and vehicular homicide for a September crash that left one dead, according to the Georgia State Patrol.
The Geogia State Patrol has been investigating the crash that severely injured an Atlanta Police officer and killed his passenger seven months ago.
On Sept. 14, off-duty APD Officer Shawn Jones Jr., was driving his Dodge Challenger down Peachtree Street near West Peachtree when his car slammed into a stone wall.
The impact of the crash killed 20-year-old Ramish Attai of Lilburn, Ga., who was riding in the front passenger seat and Jones sustained "substantial injuries."
On Feb. 21, Jones and Jade Dibaje were each charged with two counts of speeding, one count of racing, one count of reckless driving and one count of first-degree vehicular homicide, according to the GSP.
Jones, who has been with the force since November 2011, is the son of the one-time Assistant Police Chief Shawn Jones Sr., and a member of APD's airport division.
The officer's condition is unknown, as is his status on the force. The Atlanta Police Department said they are going through Jones' personnel file. Once that's redacted, they will have an official quote about his status with the department.
GSP's investigation confirmed that speed was a factor in the crash and witnesses told authorities that it appeared Jones was racing another car before the crash happened.