CONYERS — A two-vehicle accident claimed the life of a 6-year-old boy Thursday afternoon in north Rockdale County.
The Rockdale County Sheriff’s Office Special Operations Unit is investigating the accident at the intersection of West Hightower Trail and Zingara Road. The accident occurred at about 4:40 p.m.
Killed in the accident was Marcos Guitierrez, of an Old Covington Highway address. According to the RCSO report, the child was sitting in the rear seat of a 1993 Mercury Villager when the accident occurred and was not wearing a seeatbelt.
According to RCSO Investigator Michael Camp, the Villager was traveling north on Zingara Road before stopping at the intersection with West Hightower Trail. After stopping, the minivan pulled out onto West Hightower Trail into the path of a 2004 Ford Explorer. The SUV was traveling eastbound on West Hightower Trail and was unable to avoid the collision.
The Villager was driven by a 52-year-old male. His 28-year-old daughter and 6-year-old grandson were passengers. The Ford Explorer was driven by a 16-year-old male, with his 74-year-old grandmother as a passenger.
Guitierrez was pronounced dead at the scene by Rockdale Coroner George Levett, according to the incident report. The other occupants of the vehicles were taken to Atlanta area hospitals for treatment of what appeared to be non-life-threatening injuries.
The exact cause of the accident remains under investigation. However, Camp said the preliminary investigation indicates that the driver of the Villager was at fault. Charges may be pending.