Drivers Identified in Thursday's I-285 Fatality Accident

Cobb police have yet to identify the person killed in the crash pending notification of next of kin.

UPDATE AUG. 20: Cobb police have identified the victim of the I-285 accident. 

ORIGINAL STORY AUG. 17: Cobb police have identified those involved in . The name of the passenger killed in the accident is not being released pending notification of next of kin.

The accident involved a tractor-trailer driven by 39-year-old Jamie Poole of Lula, Ga., a black Lexus GS430 driven by 37-year-old Mark Shorthouse of Atlanta and a black Toyota Tacoma pickup truck driven by Enio Tejada of Lawrenceville. Neither Poole nor Shorthouse was injured in the accident, but Tejada was taken to Wellstar Kennestone Hospital and treated for non-life threatening injuries. His passenger died at the scene.

Cobb’s Public Information Officer Dana Pierce said conflicting accounts make it unclear which driver caused the accident, but it is known that an improper lane change occurred. He could confirm that the Lexus collided with both the tractor-trailer and the pickup truck.

The accident occurred around 4:30 p.m. and blocked all of I-285’s eastbound lanes for several hours.

People what they need to realize is that as inconvenienced as people feel—and I think we would all feel that—we have a sworn duty and obligation to investigate this fatality crash to the extent that is prosecutable in court,” Pierce said. “You cannot do that if you don’t properly mark the scene, if you don’t do evidence collection, if you don’t interview the witnesses and drivers and get all that information.”

The lanes impacted in the accident scene will be closed again Sunday, Aug. 17 as S.T.E.P. investigators recreate the accident and complete their investigation. Cobb police will work with Georgia Department of Transportation’s HERO team to facilitate the temporary lane closures, but drivers are still advised to avoid the area.

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Pam J August 17, 2012 at 06:04 PM
I'm going to assume that everybody involved is blaming everybody else. Or, if like what happened to me last November, they don't remember. We were on our way to Florida on I-75, just north of Macon. I think I was going to change lanes and the person in the next lane over started to come over. One of us overcorrected and we both kind of spun out of control (or so we were told). By the time I stopped, I was facing the wrong way on the interstate. A semi hit me, but luckily he had slowed down a lot, so there wasn't a lot of damage. But to this day, nobody in my vehicle remembers what really happened. It bothers me, but I guess your brain does that "protect" you. At any rate, if you get hit by a semi on the interstate and live to tell the tale, you are lucky! I'm sorry somebody lost their life yesterday.
Alison12 August 17, 2012 at 11:57 PM
R.I.P raul maldonado( passenger's name that died) its hard for me to believe that one of our church member died yesterday. he was the drumplayer in our church and from what i know he was going to rehearsel to tomorrows event.this accident has impact all of the church member and friends that know him...its really hard for me that i wont see him anymore but God knows why he took him and i know that he's in Gods glory and one day ill see him again in heaven. te extra?aremos hermano Raul!
Woody J August 19, 2012 at 01:59 AM
Temporary loss of memory in a stressful situation is what I experienced at one time. The officer involved was adamant to get my statement of what happened and I could not remember or confirm what he thought must have happened and hour before. It was too days later when I saw bruises on my wrist, and all of a sudden, I had a total recall and photo memory or what had transpired. Meanwhile, he had put on his report that morning that I had admitted to doing something chargeable. Bugging victims right after an incident may not be the best interrogatory method to obtain a clear picture.
IAPP August 20, 2012 at 10:02 PM
He was a member of Iglesia Central. An amzing friend and brother in Christ. He was our bass and guitar player. He will leave a huge void. We are praying for his mother, brothers and sister. His church family will miss him so much. Pastora & members of IAPP


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