According to Gwinnett County Police, 24-year-old Brandon Gaylor was traveling on his 2005 Kawasaki EX250 motorcycle at about 2:38 a.m. on April 26 when he was struck by another vehicle.
Initial reports indicated Gaylor was knocked from his motorcycle and then struck by another vehicle as he lay in the roadway.
"The investigation revealed that these events were not entirely accurate and the scene had been altered prior to police arrival," said Gwinnett County Police Department public information officer Cpl. Jake Smith in a released statement.
Investigators subsequently determined five vehicles were involved and had been racing as they approached Gaylor's Duncan Creek Road home in Buford.
Gaylor, police say, was leading as the vehicles approached his house. When he slowed at his driveway, he was struck by a 2010 Ford Fusion driven by 25-year-old Jennifer Schoeppler. Gaylor was knocked from his motorcycle and was lying in the roadway when he was struck by a 1995 Honda Civic driven by his girlfriend, 24-year-old Noelle Gretzinger. Another member of the party, 20-year-old Andre Daniels, reportedly drove his 2004 Honda Civic through the scene and struck Gaylor's motorcycle. Titis Newsome, 24, was driving the fifth vehicle allegedly involved in the race and was able to avoid hitting anything.
"The exact order that the vehicles came through the scene is still under investigation," Smith explained. "Gaylor was deceased at the scene as a result of injuries he received in the collision."
Investigators later determined Newsome helped Gretzinger hide her vehicle after the accident. The other two drivers allegedly rearranged their vehicles before police arrived at the scene. After police left, Gretzinger and her father, 52-year-old Gary Woodruff, reportedly retrieved Gretzinger's vehicle and hid it behind Woodruff's house. Investigators have since seized the vehicle as evidence.
The four surviving drivers in the race and Woodruff have been charged. Schoeppler and Daniels were charged with first-degree vehicular homicide, reckless driving, racing, speeding and following too closely. Gretzinger was booked into the jail on charges of first-degree vehicular homicide, reckless driving, racing, speeding, following too closely, hit and run and tampering with evidence. Newsome was arrested on charges of first-degree vehicular homicide, reckless driving, racing, hit and run and tampering with evidence. Woodruff was charged with tampering with evidence and obstruction of a law enforcement officer.
"All five subjects have been released from jail on bond," Smith added. "Aspects of this investigation are still ongoing."
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