Police Issue Citation to Woman Who Struck Two Teenagers in Crosswalk in Cobb County, Georgia
COBB COUNTY, Ga. — Cobb County police issued a traffic citation alleging two violations of Georgia’s traffic laws to a woman who ran over two teenagers in a crosswalk near a local high school. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, citing a Channel 2 report, said that the teens were walking across Holt Road while in the crosswalk with weightlifting equipment when a woman driving a Mercedes-Benz sped into them. The two teens were severely injured. One teen reportedly sustained injuries initially described as life-threatening. The other teen suffered injuries described as severe. Fortunately, the medical condition of both teens has substantially improved. However, the driver of the Mercedes-Benz must now answer to a judge for at least two traffic violations. *
Cobb County Police officers cited a 73-year-old woman for refusing to yield to pedestrians in a crosswalk and failing to operate with due regard to the safety of pedestrians. The crash happened on Saturday, March 9, 2019. Witnesses said that the two teens were just about to load a weight bench into a vehicle and were in the crosswalk when they were hit. One witness watched in horror as the bodies of the two teenagers violently flew through the air. That witness said he saw the Mercedes speeding toward the crosswalk and knew the driver could not stop the vehicle in time before causing a collision.
First responders rushed the two teens to WellStar Kennestone Hospital for treatment of traumatic injuries. One of the teens reportedly sustained a head injury as well as an injury to his leg.
The Cobb County Department of Transportation is searching for ways to improve the safety of pedestrians in the crosswalk. The Cobb County Transportation officials indicated they will consider upgrading signs in the area and may include additional traffic lights as well.
There was no word on when the driver must go to court to answer to the traffic citations.
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