On the evening of September 20 in Douglas County, a woman was driving her SUV down the I-20 when she attempted a last-minute exit. The ill-advised maneuver caused the vehicle to flip multiple times, ejecting several children. One, a seven-year-old-boy, was pronounced dead at the scene.
Douglasville policemen who responded to the grisly accident were affected deeply upon arrival. Even the most experienced officers were hit hard by the scene.
“We’ve got officers here that have been here 20 years and it’s the worst accident they have seen,” said a police lieutenant. “A lot of that has to do with the fact that [many of the victims] were children.”
Two sisters of the boy who was killed sustained serious injuries. One, five years old, was transported to Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston with a broken pelvis. The other, 14 years old, was taken to the Scottish Rite branch and put on life support. The hospital’s spokeswoman said she is in critical condition.
Two other girls, 15 and 13, were also passengers in the SUV. Their conditions have not been reported.
The driver of the SUV is a friend of the family. It is not known yet whether the children were wearing seat belts or not. Since the investigation is ongoing, no charges have been filed.
A fund will be set up by the family of the victims to pay for medical bills. All of the children involved in the accident were uninsured.
The Georgia auto accident attorneys with The Law Offices of Wayne Grant, P.C. express their condolences for the victims and their family. They hope that the injured children experience a swift and full recovery and that the family finds peace in the future despite the devastation.