The investigation into an April 26 traffic fatality in Buford has led to the arrest of five people on charges ranging from evidence tampering to first-degree vehicular homicide.
All five drivers were acquainted and were coming from a restaurant in Flowery Branch when the accident occurred.
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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