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Fleeing driver kills 75-year-old father in crash
Andrew Fowlin

UPDATE: The Rockdale County Sheriff's Office confirmed the passenger killed in the crash was driver Andrew Fowlin's 75-year-old father and the 10-year-old sent to the hospital in critical condition was Fowlin's biological son.

Fowlin initially had a Georgia driver's license with the false name of Derrick Sylvester, which he reportedly knew was suspended because of issues confirming the Social Security number. Fowlin reportedly previously faced criminal charges in New York.


(Sept. 6, 3:40 p.m.) A Conyers man fleeing a check point crashed on Saturday night, killing his 75-year-old passenger and critically injuring his 10-year-old passenger. The man continued to try and flee on foot before being caught.

Andrew Fowlin, 39, faces charges from the Georgia State Patrol, including vehicular homicide, and from the Rockdale County Sheriff's Office.

After being stopped at a road check on Sigman Road at Transparent Drive on Saturday night and failing to provide a driver's license, Fowlin turned the lights off on his 2003 Jaguar and sped off east at a high speed.

The Conyers resident then lost control on a curve, hitting several large boulders, overturning his vehicle and killing the front seat passenger and injuring the rear seat passenger, a juvenile.

According to a released statement, Rockdale County Sheriff's Office deputies attempted to catch up to the vehicle, and were unable to do so until it had already crashed into a concrete culvert on Gees Mill Road, just before Centennial Olympic Parkway.

When authorities arrived, there were two passengers trapped inside the vehicle. The driver attempted to run away from the scene but was quickly apprehended by deputies.

However, the front seat passenger, Richard Adolphus Fowlin, age 75, was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident. The rear seat passenger was taken to Egleston Hospital where he was described as being in critical condition as of Tuesday.

The Georgia Highway Patrol is handling the accident investigation and resulting charges, which include first degree vehicular homicide, failure to maintain lane, reckless driving and driving while unlicensed.

The Rockdale County Sheriff's Office is investigating the incident prior to the accident and has issued additional charges for forgery and false name because Fowlin reportedly has a false driver's license.

Fingerprints eventually led deputies to identify him as Fowlin.