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Person dies after GSP chase on I-20 ends in southeast Atlanta

The driver crashed into a bystander while running a red light, authorities said.

ATLANTA — A driver is dead after troopers engaged in a pursuit in southeast Atlanta, Georgia State Patrol said.

A trooper conducted a speed check on a Chevrolet Silverado traveling west on Interstate 20 on Tuesday and learned it was traveling 90 miles per hour, according to GSP. The trooper activated their emergency lights and the driver of the Chevrolet didn't stop, GSP said.

The trooper continued to pursue the vehicle and followed it as they exited I-20 onto Flat Shoals Road. During the pursuit, the Chevrolet traveled west on Custar Avenue, authorities said. 

As the Chevrolet traveled through the intersection at Custar Avenue and Moreland Avenue, the traffic light was red. The vehicle struck a bystander's vehicle that was heading north on Moreland Avenue on their green light, GSP said, creating a fiery crash.

The driver of the Chevrolet was pulled out of the vehicle unresponsive, troopers said, and he later died. GSP is working on notifying the driver's family.

As for the driver of the bystander vehicle, troopers said they were ultimately fine and only complained of minor injuries and refused medical treatment. 

"There was no contact made between the Chevrolet and trooper's patrol vehicle at any time during the pursuit," GSP said in a statement.

GSP said crash investigators are working on a report.

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