A Marine who was on his way home to Alabama after a tour of duty in Iraq was killed this week in Atlanta. Police confirmed that the crash was caused by a wrong way driver.
Lance Cpl. Gregory Suedmeyer and his wife Katelyn were on their way home to Huntsville, Alabama, when their car was struck by a Chevy Silverado, driven by a 74-year-old Bruce Joseph Quayle. He was apparently driving eastbound in the westbound lanes of I-20. He drove at least one mile in the wrong direction before his car crashed head-on into the Suedmeyers.
The Marine was taken to Grady Memorial Hospital, where he later died. His wife continues to remain in a critical condition. Police are investigating how he ended up driving the wrong way on the interstate. Just before the fatal crash, numerous emergency calls were made to Douglas County 911 about the wrong way driver.
This traffic fatality is especially tragic given the fact that Suedmeyer was a young Marine who had survived deployment in Iraq only to be killed near his home in an automobile collision. The fatal wreck occurred in a week in which the Department of Transportation estimated that highway crash fatality rates last year had been the lowest since 1954. There are fewer people dying in crashes across the country, but accidents like this one remind everyone, including Atlanta wrongful death lawyers exactly why we need to keep focusing on preventing the needless loss of innocent lives.