17-year-old dies in chase after SUV rolls 8 times

6:44 PM, May 12, 2007   |    comments
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Elbert County Sheriff's Office says a resident of the Sun Country Meadows subdivision, in northwestern area of the county, parked her silver Ford Expedition as she picked up her mail at the subdivision's mail station.

Authorities say as the woman retrieved her mail, two 17-year-olds stole her vehicle.

The woman immediately called 911 to report the incident at about 6:35 p.m., saying the vehicle was traveling south on Country Road 29.

About seven minutes later, a deputy spotted the Expedition heading west on County Road 166. It blew through a stop sign at County Road 13 and sped south on County Road 12, according to authorities.

The deputy checked the license plate number, learning the vehicle had just been reported stolen.

When the deputy attempted to stop the reportedly stolen SUV, it accelerated to speeds in excess of 110 miles per hour.

Witnesses told authorities the Expedition was using both the north and southbound lanes of County Road 13, dodging oncoming traffic.

An Elizabeth Police Officer placed a set of stop-sticks on County Road 13 at the intersection of County Road 142.

Authorities say at 6:44 p.m., the SUV hit the stop-sticks, lost control, went of the road and rolled approximately eight times.

Deputies say the driver was ejected from the vehicle and the female passenger had to be cut out of the vehicle by the Elizabeth Fire Department.

Both 17-year-olds were airlifted to Swedish Hospital.

The driver, Nicholas James Parrilli of Jefferson County died at the hospital. The 17-year-old girl remains in critical condition. Her name was not released because she is a minor.

The wreck occurred just less than a mile north of the Elizabeth High School, where traffic was balled up with a large number of students arriving to attend the school's choir concert, scheduled to start at 7 p.m.

The investigation into the incident is ongoing.

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