Police Release IDs in Fatal Austell Wreck

The Austell Police Department was trying to make a traffic stop.

A 29-year-old Roswell man and a 41-year-old Marietta man died in a fatal wreck that temporarily shut down a major Austell thoroughfare early this morning.

Just after 3:30 a.m. Wednesday, an Austell police officer attempted to make a traffic stop on a silver 2005 Acura TL on Pontiac Circle near Maxham Road. As the officer attempted to approach the driver, identified this evening as Chrystina L. Stanford of Roswell, he sped away and headed northbound on Maxham Road in the southbound lanes, said Officer Mike Bowman, the spokesman for the Cobb County Police Department.

"After passing Sweetwater Lane on Austell Road and out of sight from the officer who attempted the traffic stop, the driver of the silver Acura collided head-on with a 2001 Gold Acura 3.5RL" driven by Gary V. Sheppard of Marietta, Bowman said.

Both men were pronounced dead at the scene.

The investigation is ongoing and no charges are expected to be filed in the case.

electric123 April 25, 2013 at 07:50 PM
Unauthorized Practice of Law: O.C.G.A. 15-19-52; 15-19-50; 15-19-51 GEORGIA CODE Copyright 2006 by The State of Georgia All rights reserved. *** Current through the 2006 Regular Session *** TITLE 15. COURTS CHAPTER 19. ATTORNEYS ARTICLE 3. REGULATION OF PRACTICE OF LAW O.C.G.A. § 15-19-52 (2006) § 15-19-52. Lawful acts by parties involved; banking advice; legal instruments; title papers Nothing contained in this article shall prevent any corporation, voluntary association, or individual from doing any act or acts set out in Code Section 15-19-50 to which the persons are a party; but, in preparing and filing affidavits in attachments and prosecuting such proceedings, it shall be unlawful for the plaintiffs to act through any agent or employee who is not a duly licensed attorney at law. Moreover, no bank shall be prohibited from giving any advice to its customers in matters incidental to banks or banking; nor shall any person, firm, or corporation be prohibited from drawing any legal instrument for another person, firm, or corporation, provided it is done without fee and solely at the solicitation and the request and under the direction of the person, firm, or corporation desiring to execute the instrument.
electric123 April 25, 2013 at 07:54 PM
§ 15-19-50. "Practice of law" defined The practice of law in this state is defined as: (1) Representing litigants in court and preparing pleadings and other papers incident to any action or special proceedings in any court or other judicial body; (2) Conveyancing; (3) The preparation of legal instruments of all kinds whereby a legal right is secured; (4) The rendering of opinions as to the validity or invalidity of titles to real or personal property; (5) The giving of any legal advice; and (6) Any action taken for others in any matter connected with the law. O.C.G.A. § 15-19-51 O.C.G.A. § 15-19-51 § 15-19-51. Unauthorized practice of law forbidden (a) It shall be unlawful for any person other than a duly licensed attorney at law: (1) To practice or appear as an attorney at law for any person other than himself in any court of this state or before any judicial body; (2) To make it a business to practice as an attorney at law for any person other than himself in any of such courts; (3) To hold himself out to the public or otherwise to any person as being entitled to
electric123 April 25, 2013 at 07:56 PM
(4) To render or furnish legal services or advice; (5) To furnish attorneys or counsel; (6) To render legal services of any kind in actions or proceedings of any nature; (7) To assume or use or advertise the title of "lawyer," "attorney," "attorney at law," or equivalent terms in any language in such manner as to convey the impression that he is entitled to practice law or is entitled to furnish legal advice, services, or counsel; or (8) To advertise that either alone or together with, by, or through any person, whether a duly and regularly admitted attorney at law or not, he has, owns, conducts, or maintains an office for the practice of law or for furnishing legal advice, services, or counsel. (b) Unless otherwise provided by law or by rules promulgated by the Supreme Court, it shall be unlawful for any corporation, voluntary association, or company to do or perform any of the acts recited in subsection (a) of this Code section.
rell April 25, 2013 at 08:06 PM
I never said I didn't understand pam but your still being disrespectful what if that was your child??? he wasn't the only ione who died you do understand that right ???
rell April 25, 2013 at 08:08 PM
let me ask you something leron if it was you would you want people broadcasting your business???? everyone lives their life totally different who are you to judge or bring about anyone business??? stay in your place Boo!!!
rell April 25, 2013 at 08:14 PM
Rhonda I do feel for your family and that's Why I will hold my tongue but your mouth baby you needs to quit it ok and she is a SHE!!!, not a it ,not a he, im trying to be respectful but the comments you make ,you need to chill!!
rell April 25, 2013 at 08:18 PM
Eliz if that was you would you want people saying the same about you??? I don't think i'd wish that on my worst enemy why don't you go pray again and pray for both parties !!!
Dominic Amidio Arellano April 25, 2013 at 08:50 PM
I am truly disguested at the terms and lack of respect for Chrysie not only in the article but in these comments.To judge someone in itself is wrong but to judge someone you don't even know is absurd. I pray for they family of both parties. Realize this was not an act of hate or malice but and accident in which accidents occur everyday.Chrysie was my friend and I cared for her very deeply and for people to base thoughts off of past acts they looked up on the internet is foolish.If we all judge everyone on their past the future would be lost.Take the time to realize both parties a man who had family and was loved and a beautiful woman who was also loved are no longer here.You people pointing the finger of blame and using disturbing disgusting languge should be ashamed that in a time of tragedy hatred is all you can fathom to come up with.
Dominic Amidio Arellano April 25, 2013 at 09:02 PM
You madam I will pray for, your anger has led you to disrespect someone who is no longer living and because you have access to information on the internet you think its ok to speak it or use it against someone who has passed.You are the sick individual, you are the one living wrongfully.Judge not on someone's past whom you don't even know.I will make this very clear you are looking at the wrong aspects of the tragedy that occurred for both parties, my friend was a beautiful, intelligent woman with a past that many of us have no one is a saint I most certainly am not and because of that I will say tjis my name on here is the same name on my fb if you want to speak furthet find me and I promise you we can speak face to face, your disrespect can lead you down the wrong road but I can meet you there.
rell April 25, 2013 at 09:28 PM
That's fine pam its no different from the things ya'll are saying now I dt mean to be disrespectful but you were trying it so I responded to you the way you made me feel even now you are still being disrespectful... give what you want to receive till then you will never have my respect!!
Rhonda April 25, 2013 at 09:48 PM
Hunni why are you saying the past?? That is how he lived his life up until his untimely death. And why are you stating that those things were "looked up on the Internet?" What about the woman that reached out to me to tell me her husband was having an affair with your friend? I spoke to her off the Internet....she has 3 babies to take care of alone while her husband told her "I wished it was you instead of "her"!!" I never said he should "go to hell" I never called him a "whore," "slut," these are disrespectful words. The lifestyle he lived up until his untimely death was what it was....and if you believe tht was disrespectful to bring up, then maybe that was a lifestyle you all were embarrassed about. My brother was a father to a 10 year old, he had a fiancé, he left behind a Mother, Father, and four sisters. He played semi pro baseball, and was a member of Mt Calavary Baptist church. He worked for Bosch, for 18 years.
Rhonda April 25, 2013 at 09:57 PM
He didn't do drugs, he don't drink, other than your occasion beers with the fellas, he didn't live a wreckless lifestyle.....he was a hard working father taking care if his family. This was his lifestyle. Accidents like this DOES NOT OCCUR EVERYDAY as you've stated....how ignorant is that! Just accept the fact that your friend, because he didn't want to JUST STOP for a MINOR traffic violation, took an innocent man's life.....yes, I do blame him for my brothers untimely death. And you should understand why some of these folks look at him bad.....he broke the law, selfishly, out of stupidity, and took another life with his own. I'm sure you all loved him very much. When its time to forgive I will. We lost our only brother....u can understand how we feel right?? Now all the extra talk, my number is posted, I've been with my Mom all day, to no avail, I haven't received not one phone call. So imma let y'all hav all the keyboard courage (lol) you need....cause I'm through going back and forth.
Pam J April 25, 2013 at 11:25 PM
I am not being disrespectful. If I had a friend who ran from the police and ended up killing an innocent person, I don't think I would be on here defending them. Maybe I would just to let people know that it was out of character, but I really couldn't defend what they did. I guess I would still call them my friend, but I would be so upset about what they did. I don't care what your friend did before the accident. I don't really care what the other guy did. I just know that one person broke the law and two people ended up dead. That is not being disrespectful. That is just the truth.
Pam J April 25, 2013 at 11:27 PM
Dominic, this was not like an accident that happens every day. Innocent people don't die everyday because someone broke the law. Well, maybe they do, but a crime was committed here that cost two people their lives. You can sugarcoat it all you want, but it was a crime.
Angel April 26, 2013 at 12:25 AM
Thank you
Angel April 26, 2013 at 12:41 AM
Praying to God and asking to not see someone in heaven is not the way for A ticket to heaven!!!!!!! _/ _/ _/ _/ please take several seat or just one.. And I thank you!
Angel April 26, 2013 at 12:49 AM
Thank you !!!!
Angel April 26, 2013 at 12:58 AM
@Eliz only God makes the choice whether the person goes to hell or not Wishing somebody in that way doesn't make you any better of a person . _/ _/ _/ _/ please take several seat or just one.. And I thank you!
Angel April 26, 2013 at 01:01 AM
Amen @charles
Angel April 26, 2013 at 01:06 AM
@Eliz _/ _/ _/ _/ please take several seat or just one.. And I thank you!
Angel April 26, 2013 at 01:28 AM
@rhonda your rude and being selfish, your action isn't helping anybody and of course not yourself.. I pray for you and hope you find peace within yourself and your family RIP CHRYSIE STANFORD
Angel April 26, 2013 at 01:29 AM
@rhonda you need to take _/ _/ _/ _/ several seat or just one.. And I thank you!
Angel April 26, 2013 at 01:52 AM
mimistyles April 26, 2013 at 02:59 AM
I pray love and peace to both families..May you find comfort at this time of transition..I knew Chrsysie and was her Hairstylist for a short time..I knew Chrsysie to be a woman who loved God, talked about Unconditional Love and Inner Peace to people in the crossroads of their lives...Chrysie strived to be a beneficial presence to those who knew her..She had exceptional wisdom however like the rest of Us human beings she had things to work on in her life as we all do...To critize and bash someone for being Transgender is brutal and inhumane... I am deeply sorry for the loss of both lives and know that their spirit is still alive and well into an eternal Peace n Love we can not understand...
E kane April 26, 2013 at 07:07 AM
Is it legal for the police to chase a car in ga for a minor traffic stop not saying it would be right to run but if the police are chasing a car and other people are hurt seem like the police would be at fault as well
E kane April 26, 2013 at 07:31 AM
On March 28 of this year, the Georgia Court of Appeals held that innocent passengers unwittingly involved in a high speed pursuit case can sue the police for damages caused, in part, by a reckless disregard of proper police procedure. In so ruling, the Court of Appeals noted that the police pursuit statute found at O.C.G.A. § 40-6-6(d)(2) was enacted by the Georgia Legislature to protect the rights of the innocent. Whether an innocent person is either inside or outside of a vehicle is not relevant. The question is, whether the injured party filing a claim against the police was innocent of wrongdoing. If innocent, whether a passenger inside the vehicle or a pedestrian outside the vehicle or any other third party, the Georgia Court of Appeals held that such a person could bring a claim, again, provided they were innocent and were injured, in part, by a reckless disregard of proper police procedure.
E kane April 26, 2013 at 07:38 AM
Most high speed pursuits involve non-violent suspects who are either violating traffic laws or are wanted for some other non-violent offense. If during a pursuit third parties are unnecessarily and recklessly endangered thereby, proper police procedure requires that such a pursuit be terminated. It is not worth killing innocent persons to apprehend a suspect for a non-violent offense. However, if the suspect being pursued is a murderer, rapist or armed robber and is otherwise known to be dangerous and violent, then the dangers to the public can be justified even during a high speed pursuit because the need to apprehend is equal to or greater than the danger to the public caused by the pursuit.
electric123 April 26, 2013 at 11:16 AM
if you were a congress person you would know the law! my neighbors are caring not money chasers or if you were a licensed lawyer you would be a ambulance chaser!
electric123 April 26, 2013 at 12:38 PM
I don't hear you smart A--???
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