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Police: Drunk driver causes 15 crashes, kills woman, smashes into restaurant

Police say a 70-year-old man was driving drunk when he caused 15 car crashes near Atlanta -- one of them fatal -- before smashing his pickup truck into a restaurant.


Michael Owen Snider was charged with driving under the influence, vehicular homicide, serious injury by vehicle, following too closely and reckless driving, the Gwinnett Daily Post reported on its website, citing jail records.

The Post reported that authorities said Snider was driving a 2006 Ford Super Duty pickup on Wednesday evening when he caused five hit-and-run accidents in DeKalb County and about 10 more in Gwinnett County.


Authorities said he caused a five-vehicle chain-reaction pileup that killed 69-year-old Mintiwab Woldeyhans of Loganville.

Minutes later, authorities told the Post, he went off the road and smashed into Johnboy's Home Cooking restaurant along U.S. 78 in Snellville, northeast of Atlanta. He was taken to a hospital for treatment and was being held without bond.