Richmond County Chief Deputy Coroner Mark Bowen said the blue Chevrolet Impala in the accident was involved in a carjacking at about 1:30 a.m. today on Merry Street. Mr. Bowen said the driver lost control of the vehicle, hit a tree, and the car burst into flames. The accident happened at about 4 p.m. in the 3000 block of Richmond Hill.
A passenger in the vehicle, Terrill Mason, 25, of the 2000 block of Dallas Drive, was killed, Mr. Bowen said. The driver was taken to the Medical College of Georgia Hospital, Mr. Bowen said. His identity has not been released.