MARIETTA, Ga. — Authorities have released more information about one of two serious accidents that happened around the same time Friday afternoon.
Police say 24-year-old Shyheim Suggs of Douglasville, Georgia is undergoing treatment at Wellstar-Kennestone Hospital for life-threatening injuries after a motorcycle accident that happened around 3 p.m.
Marietta Police said they were called to Fairground Street just south of Roswell Street where they found Suggs, who had just crossed through the intersection. Police said a 2006 Ford E350 van driven by 28-year-old Joel Asante of Lithia Springs exited a private drive in front of Suggs' motorcycle.
Suggs was unable to avoid the van and crashed.
Less than an hour later, Marietta Police investigated a second crash - this one on Cobb Parkway South just before Airport Industrial Park Drive. The crash involved a 2016 Ford Focus drifting into oncoming traffic and hitting a flatbed wrecker.
The driver of the Focus, 71-year-old David Miller of Marietta, was pronounced dead at the scene.
The two crashes caused major traffic issues ahead of Friday afternoon rush hour. But for Marietta Police, the crash meant far more than a slow commute.
On social media, they pleaded with the public to take care on the roads.
"Please Marietta, slow down, focus on the road and arrive alive," the department wrote on Twitter.