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08/12/05

Passenger in Stolen Car Dies After Wreck

Police say the man who carjacked a Savannah man then crashed into another car while running from police is facing a growing list of charges, which could now include vehicular homicide.

The accident happened last night at the corner of Anderson and Ash Streets. Police say Marcus Mack carjacked a Savannah man's brand new Honda. He's facing charges including theft, armed robbery, drug possession and now possibly charges relating to the death of 17-year-old Germaine Simmons.

It was a crime that came to a horrible end. One that took place right in Gloria Johnson's backyard; she saw the aftermath while coming back from church.

"I was like, what happened?" she told us.

There was not much left of the red stolen Honda. The driver ran into a Ford Explorer, twisting the bumpers of both cars into one tangled mess. The people in the Explorer would be treated and released from the hospital. But two carjacking suspects in the Honda would not be as fortunate. The passenger later died from his injuries. The driver was also taken to the hospital with serious injuries.

Johnson was shocked by the crime and is still thinking about those involved. "All day long," she said. "I've been praying for them. Praying for them."

She is also saying a prayer of thanks for herself. Johnson was just minutes away from parking right where both cars landed. "A lot of time I sit in the car when I get home from church. I thank God I was in the right place at the right time, which was in church."

She wishes the suspects had been somewhere else as well. "There's more to life than robbing and committing crimes. Your life is what you make it. My heart goes out to the family."

WTOC has learned from Marcus Mack's arrest records that he has a long history of crime, including more than a dozen arrests in the last eight years, many for drug-related offenses. He'll be facing more charges when he's released from the hospital.

Reported by: Liz Flynn, lflynn@wtoc.com

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