COVINGTON — A 19-year-old Covington man and a 35-year-old woman from Alpharetta were killed in the three-vehicle wreck that occurred early Sunday morning on Interstate 20 in Newton County.
According to the Georgia State Patrol, a 2013 Chevrolet Sonic was traveling eastbound on I-20 when it ran out of fuel around mile marker 87, near the Salem Road exit, and stopped on the south shoulder of the interstate.
The driver of a 1997 Toyota Camry stopped to help and was preparing to get gas for the stranded Chevrolet when a 2014 Jeep Liberty driven by Kevin Poynter, 28, of Conyers ran into the back of the Camry, killing a passenger in the Camry and a man standing between the two vehicles, according to the GSP.
“At the time of the crash, the Toyota was leaving to get gas and was stopped in the right travel lane to obtain money for the fuel,” according to a press release from the GSP.
Bruce Reeves, 19, of Covington, who had been traveling in the Chevrolet Sonic, was standing between the Toyota and the Sonic when the Toyota was struck from behind by the vehicle driven by Poynter, according to the GSP. Poynter’s vehicle also sideswiped the Sonic before coming to rest, the GSP stated.
The collision killed Reeves as well as Tonya Curtis, 35, of Alpharetta, who was the front-seat passenger in the Toyota Camry.
The driver of the Camry and three passengers in the Sonic were injured in the crash. The driver of the Camry was transported by EMS to Newton Medical Center and the other passengers in the Sonic were taken to the hospital by family members. They have all been treated and released, the GSP stated.
Poynter was also taken to Newton Medical Center where he had blood drawn for an alcohol test.
Poynter is believed to be the same man who was arrested Thursday by the Covington Police Department on charges of possession of a controlled substance, public intoxication and drugs not in original container. He gave the Newton County jail two Conyers addresses: 1065 Milstead Ave., Conyers, and 28-B Goode Road, also in Conyers.
Poynter has been charged in this wreck by the GSP with DUI and possession of marijuana less than 1 ounce.
“Additional charges are pending the completion of the follow-up investigation that is being conducted by the Georgia State Patrol Specialized Collision Reconstruction Team,” according to the GSP press release.