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Update: at-fault driver ID'd in fatal holiday crash on I-75
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July 05, 2013 11:00 AM | 4519 views | 1 1 comments | 72 72 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Update from Henry County police:

The at-fault driver is listed as 19-year-old Charnisea Goldware of McDonough, driver of a 2004 Ford Expedition owned by Teriane Battiste, also of McDonough. As of this writing, only one of the twins are still at Children’s Healthcare with serious injuries. All other victims have been released. Investigators will present the case to a Henry County Grand Jury in 4 to 6 weeks.

Henry County Police received word today, July 9, from the Investigator that the 4-year -old has numerous fractures and is still being treated, but is non-life threatening.

Spokesman Sgt. Joey Smith said in a statement:

"One of the twins in doing well enough to be released as of Sunday, but could not confirm if the child was released. The other twin is still in serious condition but has improved. We will release the drivers information through the report. It has not been completed as of yet.

The investigation will be presented to a grand jury to determine if the driver will be charged. A grand jury date has not been set."

Henry County Police worked a July 4 accident involving three vehicles on I-75 northbound around 11:30 am. One fatality was confirmed. All northbound lanes were blocked.

Victoria Goldware, 14, of McDonough was pronounced deceased at the scene. Of the 7 passengers, 5 were ejected from the vehicle during the accident.

The vehicle, a Gold Ford Expedition, lost control and struck the center guardrail and began to spin back into traffic where the victims were ejected. Preliminary investigation reveals that the victims were not properly restrained. The vehicle did strike another vehicle and the occupants were not injured.

A 4 year old female victim that was ejected has multiple fractures and is being treated at Egleston. Twins both 2 months old (male and female) were ejected from their child seats due to improper restraint. Both suffered severe head injuries and are being treated at Elgeston.

A 16 year old female passenger that was ejected is being treated at Grady with serious injuries.

A 30 year old female passenger was ejected and is being treated at Atlanta Medial with non-life threatening injuries.

The driver (19 year old female) was not injured in the accident. At this time speed and weather are believed to be a factor; however the accident is still under investigation.

Sgt. Joey Smith is asking other travelers with information about the accident to contact Investigator Eck at 770-288-8200.

The driver’s identity is not being released at this time. Charges are pending.

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