College Student Home To Visit Mother Killed in Calamitous Crash
A young woman who was visiting her mother in the metropolitan Atlanta tragically died in a massive car wreck on Friday, April 28, 2017, according to WSB-TV. The 22-year-old woman who did not survive the crash was merely a few weeks away from graduating from college. Two other people in the vehicle suffered serious injuries, but survived. The accident remains under investigation.
Initial reports suggested that the driver of the car in which the deceased woman was a passenger failed to yield as it turned from Weatherstone Way on to Minix Road. A pickup truck driven by a 16-year-old male slammed into the sedan while it was turning. The resulting crash, which occurred around 10:45 p.m., nearly destroyed both vehicles.
The fatal crash occurred in Sharpsburg which is located in Coweta County at an intersection that is notoriously dangerous. The young female driver turning onto Minix Road from Weatherstone Way was "inching out" when the accident happened. People who live near the intersection of Weatherstone Way and Minix Road describe the area as dangerous because of the poor sight lines the driver has when stopped at the stop sign. A stop line running along the ground at the stop sign is several yards back from the actual intersection. Some say that a motorist at the intersection cannot see oncoming vehicles, bicyclists, or pedestrians clearly because of trees, hedges, and other obstacles. Consequently, the driver must drive forward into the intersection after stopping to get a clear view of the intersecting road in both directions. It is unclear whether there are any street lights or other visual aids.
The deceased woman's family blames the intersection for the wreck. Her family also has complained that the driver of the vehicle that struck the car in which the deceased woman was riding was speeding at the moment of impact. The crash remains under investigation by the Georgia State Patrol, and they have not issued any charges to this point.
The family of the 16-year-old driver of the pickup truck hopes that he will be cleared of any wrongdoing in the accident. The brokenhearted family of the young woman who was killed suggested that communication with law enforcement has not been clear. However, the Georgia State Patrol says it will conduct their investigation thoroughly and impartially.
This incident is tragic. A promising young life was cut too short, and three other people suffered serious injuries from the crash. There is insufficient information at this time to determine who or what is at fault for the crash. The investigation has revealed to this point that the driver of the sedan that inched out was turning left onto Minix Road when the crash happened. Generally, the person turning left is at fault for the crash. However, there are mitigating circumstances at play here, including a lack of lighting in the area and that the intersection may have been designed poorly. Moreover, the driver turning left was inching out into the road. According to the news report from Channel 2, the painted lines investigators placed in the road which marks the impact point of the two vehicles suggests that the sedan was not far into the intersection when the pickup hit it, suggesting that the driver may have been inching out to get a better line of sight.
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