A 14-year-old Georgia girl died recently from injuries suffered in a car crash, two weeks after her mother died in the same incident.
The girl passed away at Memorial Health University Medical center, the Liberty County coroner reported.
The teen and her three siblings were riding with their mother in the family’s 2009 Dodge Caliber, starting their week early at 6 a.m. on Monday, April 29. The mother was driving on Highway 17 in Midway, Georgia, and attempting to turn left on Smiley Hall Road. The car was rear-ended by a 21-year-old woman behind the wheel of a 2004 GMC Envoy.
That action forced the Dodge into the intersection, where it was hit head-on by a third vehicle. The mother was pronounced dead at the scene, and her critically injured daughter was taken to the hospital.
The woman’s other children, ages 13, 10 and 8, suffered minor injuries and were transported to the hospital, the Georgia State Patrol reported.
The driver of the Envoy also suffered only minor injuries and was treated and released at the hospital.
The driver of the third car, a 52-year-old man, was in his 2007 Chevrolet Impala when the accident occurred. It took emergency responders 40 minutes to get him out of the car and to the hospital, where he was admitted with injuries that were determined to be serious but not life-threatening.
The mother was an employee of the Liberty County School System, and a school district representative issued a statement praising her commitment and dedication to her job.
Authorities have not released any word about charges against the young driver who started the chain-reaction crash, and the accident was under investigation by the Georgia State Patrol’s Collision Reconstruction Team.
This was a tragic incident that cost two lives and left three children without their mother. Whoever becomes the guardian of those children will need financial support to pay for the daily needs of the children, as well as any physical or emotional care the youngsters will need. Their guardians would be wise to consult an attorney to discuss their options.