Cobb police have identified the victim of as 29-year-old Raul Maldonado-Lopez of Norcross. Police initially withheld his identity pending notification of his family in Mexico.
The cause of the accident is still under investigation as those involved have given conflicting accounts to the police. to take measurements and recreate the accident.
a tractor-trailer driven by 39-year-old Jamie Poole of Lula, Ga., a black Lexus GS430 driven by 37-year-old Mark Shorthouse of Atlanta and a black Toyota Tacoma pickup truck driven by Enio Tejada of Lawrenceville. Neither Poole nor Shorthouse was injured in the accident, but Tejada was taken to Wellstar Kennestone Hospital and treated for non-life threatening injuries. Maldonado-Lopez died at the scene.
A member of Maldonado-Lopez's church who identified herself as "Alison12" commented on this site after the accident.
"He was the drumplayer in our church and from what I know he was going to rehearsel to tomorrow's event," she said. "This accident has impact all of the church members and friends that know him...its really hard for me that I won't see him anymore but God knows why he took him and I know that he's in Gods glory and one day I'll see him again in heaven."
Another member of his church who identified themselves as "IAPP" called Maldonado-Lopez "an amazing friend and brother in Christ."