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Alpharetta Police Identify Victims of Webb Bridge Road Car Crash

The two Alpharetta residents were flown by helicopter to Grady Memorial Hospital after the car they were in left the roadway near Big Creek.

UPDATED 8:44 a.m. with victims' names.

Two victims involved in an early morning single-vehicle accident that closed Webb Bridge Road at Big Creek near North Point Parkway have been identified.

The driver of the vehicle was identified as Akshay Panducherry, age 18, of Alpharetta. The passenger was identified as Harshavardhan Patlolla, age 21, also of Alpharetta.

A red Ferrari was traveling eastbound on Webb Bridge Road at a high rate of speed when it left the roadway, narrowly missing the bridge at Big Creek, said Alpharetta Department of Public Safety spokesman George Gordon.

The Ferarri "missed the bridge abutment by just a few yards when they started to exit the roadway," he said.

Two victims crawled from the car after the crash. Two Life Flight helicopters were dispatched, landing near Alpharetta High School. The two victims, who suffered significant burns, were taken to Grady Memorial Hospital, Gordon said.

"According to the preliminary investigation, speed was a contributing factor to this vehicle crash," he said.

The incident occurred at 3:48 a.m., with Alpharetta police still on the scene as rush hour was set to begin. The vehicle was removed just after 6 a.m.

Gordon said the crash was first reported as a brush fire, but when officers arrived on the scene they discovered it was a car crash, not a brush fire.

JAH October 19, 2012 at 06:55 PM
More info here: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2220213/Teen-driver-Ferrari-friend-near-death-car-crashes-bursts-flames.html Thank you to our Alpharetta Police officers for handling this situation so well.
Traci October 19, 2012 at 10:33 PM
The Father bought the 18 yr old son a Ferrari. What did he think was gonna happen? You don't give an 18 yr old BOY a car like this. This is a SAD SAD story. the kid is burned over 80% of his body.
Kris October 20, 2012 at 01:24 PM
This is a hard life lesson for the young men... and the 18-year old's parents.
SRK October 21, 2012 at 02:44 AM
Very hard lesson indeed. It's the parents who decide how a child is brought up in today's world. No matter how rich one is , one is supposed to keep ones kin grounded. Blaming it on peer pressure will result in the same. May both the victims survive this horrific crash and learn the lesson that they need to learn, also the parents who should get a second chance at redeeming the childrens'lives.
Muzaffar Rao. October 29, 2012 at 04:43 AM
Hope the almighty give strength to the parents and family of the young boy to overcome this loss. From all well wishers back in the UAE.

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