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Female passenger in fatal wreck claims she was raped

CONYERS — A female passenger in the car involved in the fatal crash that killed a Conyers man on a scooter Thursday morning has told Rockdale County Sheriff’s Office deputies that she had been raped in Gwinnett County earlier that evening.

The 36-year-old Lawrenceville woman apparently ran from the scene of the wreck that occurred around 4:30 a.m. Thursday on Old Covington Highway. According to the Georgia State Patrol, a 2011 Nissan Versa driven by a 22-year-old Snellville man was traveling east on Old Covington Highway, when it struck the rear of a scooter driven by 46-year-old Willie Raynard West. West died at the scene, the GSP reported.

RCSO deputies, however, first came in contact with the female passenger when a resident on Old Covington Highway called 911 to report that a woman was outside beating on the window and door of his home.

When Deputy R. Shirley arrived, he found a woman who was wearing only a white shirt and a black jacket on the front porch, according to the incident report. After he placed her in the rear of his patrol car, the woman reportedly said that men at that residence attempted to rape her.

Shirley questioned the homeowner and it was quickly apparent he was not involved and had never seen the woman before, according to the report.

While EMS was treating the woman, Shirley went to assist other deputies who arrived in the area around that time in response to the fatal wreck. Shirley then learned that there had been a female passenger in the Nissan who was now missing.

Shirley spoke with the driver of the Nissan, who told him that the female he was with was wearing a white top.

“He stated that she advised him that she was cold so he gave her his jacket,” the report states. “He then stated, ‘She didn’t have any pants on. I don’t know what happened to her pants.’ With that description from the driver, this meant that the female was a passenger in his vehicle.”

Shirley then went back to the woman and asked her again what happened. He said it was difficult to get information from her since “she was highly intoxicated and was going through an emotional roller coaster, crying hysterically one minute then getting mad at the subjects who attempted to rape her.”

At first the woman told the deputy she had been assaulted in DeKalb County. Later, she said the alleged rape occurred at a location on Lenora Church Road in Gwinnett County. Shirley transported her to the Sheriff’s Office Administration Building where she was later interviewed by the Georgia State Patrol trooper investigating the fatal wreck.