Nathaniel Thomas, 26, of the 1700 block of Essie McIntyre Boulevard, was driving the blue Chevrolet Impala when he lost control and hit a tree at about 4 p.m., according to Richmond County Sheriffs Lt. Scott Gay. A passenger in the car, Terrill Mason, 25, of the 2000 block of Dallas Drive, died in the accident.
Charges of homicide by motor vehicle are pending against Mr. Thomas, who is at the Medical College of Georgia Hospital undergoing treatment for his injuries, Lt. Gay said.
The vehicle in which the two were riding was involved in a carjacking about 1:30 that morning.
Sheriffs investigators say they are still looking into whether the two crash victims had any connection to the carjacking.