Update: Accident victim, 16, dies – Gwinnett police officer arrested

Update:

Gwinnett County Police Department announced that 16-year-old Jose Coreas-Mejia, the victim in a pedestrian accident last month involving Gwinnett police officer Scott York, 24, died as a result of his injuries at about 11:30 a.m. Monday, Feb. 6. York was arrested this morning and charged with vehicular homicide, reckless driving and too fast for conditions. His services had already been terminated following an investigation of the incident. York had run off the road while responding to another pedestrian accident call on Jan. 29, running over two pedestrians, including the victim who has now died of his injuries.

According to jail records, York is currently in the Gwinnett County Detention Center pending $7,000 bond.

Update:

Gwinnett County Police Department has terminated Scott York, the police officer involved in a pedestrian accident on Jan. 29, 2017 that seriously injured a 16-year-old from Atlanta and injured his 18-year-old cousin. There has been no change to the condition of Jose Coreas-Mejia, 16, of Atlanta.

GCPD reported that the GCPD General Directives Manual Section 440.02 states that, “The safety of the public will be the primary consideration in a vehicular response to any call for assistance or incident.”  The accident involving York happened on the way to another accident.

GCPD released the following statement with regard to York’s termination.

The Gwinnett County Police Department has three designation codes for responding to calls for service.  “Personal Injury Traffic Accidents” fall into a Code 2 response.  During a Code 2 response, “Intermittent use of emergency lights and siren is authorized to proceed through intersections and congested areas… At no time shall the posted speed limit be exceeded.”  Based on the evidence of the yaw marks on the pavement at the scene and the black box data from the patrol car, Officer York’s speed was approximately 97 mph just prior to the collision.  The posted speed limit for Singleton Road (at the accident location) is 40 mph.

During all mandated training in the police academy, each recruit receives a block of instruction on the proper code response to calls for service.  Officer York acted outside the policies of the Gwinnett County Police Department.

GCPD report that the criminal investigation is still active, and charges are likely to be filed within the upcoming week.

Update:

Gwinnett County Police Department released the names of the two pedestrians injured in the officer involved accident. Jose Coreas-Mejia, 16, of Atlanta, remains in a serious condition at the hospital and Joel Melendez-Coreas, 18, of Norcross, has been discharged. The two are cousins. Officer Scott York was the police officer driving the vehicle involved.

According to an update from GCPD, York was responding to a pedestrian accident on Dawson Boulevard and Chase Lane when this accident happened. The preliminary report indicated that “He was traveling westbound on Singleton Road in the left lane. (Singleton Road has two lanes of travel for both directions separated by a center turn lane.)  His blue lights and siren were activated.  The officer told the investigators that he traveled into the center turn lane in an attempt to pass another vehicle.  The vehicle that he was passing began to merge into the center turn lane at the same time the officer was attempting to pass him.  The officer maneuvered his vehicle onto the opposite side of the roadway to avoid a collision.  The officer lost control of his vehicle and ‘entered into a critical speed yaw.’  He crossed over the center turn lane and both westbound travel lanes before traveling up the right curb.  The patrol car struck Jose and Joel in front of 5745 Singleton Road.  The patrol car continued toward 5735 Singleton Road and struck two parked vehicles (silver Honda Accord and black Honda Accord) in the driveway.  The black Honda Accord was pushed into the residence damaging the exterior wall.”

Cpl. Michele Pihera, public information officer with GCPD said  York received minor injuries and was treated at a local hospital.  He is currently on paid, administrative leave while the incident is under investigation. He was hired on Sept. 14, 2015 and graduated from the 94th GCPD Police Academy on April 21, 2016.

“The Gwinnett County Police Department is taking this case very seriously.  The Accident Investigation Unit (AIU) officers and supervisors will handle this investigation in the same manner that they handle all other AIU call-outs.  The investigators will look at whether any GA State Laws or department policies were violated,” Pihera said in the update. “We offer our full support to the Coreas and Melendez families as they cope with Jose’s extensive injuries.  We will update the details of this case as they evolve.”

Initial story

Gwinnett Police report that an investigation in underway in a serious pedestrian accident involving a Gwinnett County Police Officer.

According to a press release from the Gwinnett County Police Department, the incident happened just before 9 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 29, 2017, on Singleton Road near Stonewood Drive. The officer was traveling westbound en route to a different pedestrian accident when he left the roadway and onto the curb, striking two walkers. One of the pedestrians was transported to Gwinnett Medical Center in Lawrenceville with serious, life-threatening injuries. The other pedestrian did not receive life-threatening injuries.

GCPD Accident Investigation Unit is currently investigating how and why he left the roadway and conducting interviews with the officer and witnesses.

“Our hearts go out to the family of the victims.  As officers, we routinely investigate incidents involving others. It’s never easy investigating an incident involving one of our own,” Cpl. Michele Pihera said in the press release.

The names and ages of those injured are being withheld pending notification.

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