By allowing ads to appear on this site, you support the local businesses who, in turn, support great journalism.
Fatal scooter crash, rape attempt reported
Careon Roberts

A Conyers man riding a scooter died Jan. 16 after being hit by a car driven by a Snellville man suspected of driving drunk.

Willie Raynard West, 46, of Conyers died at the scene of the accident, according to Georgia State Patrol.

The fatal crash happened around 4:30 a.m. when driver Careon Roberts, 22, was headed east on Old Covington Highway in a 2011 Nissan Versa. The Nissan hit the back of the scooter and both vehicles ran off the shoulder of the road. The Nissan hit several trees and flipped.

Roberts was arrested Jan. 21 and charged with vehicular homicide, driving under the influence, following too closely, possession of an open container, and a charge involving use of safety belts.

Roberts’ female passenger apparently left the scene on foot with only a t-shirt and a jacket, according to a Rockdale County Sheriff’s Office incident report.

The woman banged on the door of a home on Old Covington Highway, and the resident called authorities. The resident told authorities he did not know the woman, but the woman claimed she had belongings in the home and that people inside the residence tried to rape her. 

The deputy determined the white male resident was not involved in the alleged incident after the woman described her attackers as black males.

Authorities determined the woman was Roberts’ passenger based on Roberts’ description of the woman wearing his jacket and not wearing any pants. According to the report, Roberts said he did not know what happened to her pants.

The RCSO report said it was difficult getting information from the woman because she was “highly intoxicated and was going through an emotional roller coaster.” At one point, she said the attempted rape happened in DeKalb County after the attackers picked her up from her Gwinnett County home. At another point, the woman said it happened in Gwinnett County.

RCSO contacted Gwinnett County Police Department and a case was opened.

The woman refused medical care for wounds on her feet.