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Driver of out-of-state sedan cleared in fatal wreck

When a toddler was killed in a crash on Interstate 75 earlier this month in Clayton County, police initially suspected that an out-of-state driver was responsible for the accident that also critically injured an infant and left the parents and another child with less serious injuries.

However, after further investigation, law enforcement officers have ruled out the possibility that the driver of a blue car with New York license plates had any liability in the fatal accident.

Last week, the Georgia Department of Public Safety (DPS) issued a statement saying that the driver of the suspect vehicle had been identified and cleared in the incident.

Investigators viewed a video of the accident that led to them being able to ascertain that the driver was blameless in the crash and even remained at the scene for several minutes, the state DPS spokesperson announced.

The family of the deceased child is from Atlanta. Police state that the Sunday evening accident occurred at approximately 6 p.m. The authorities do not know what or whom caused the driver of the driver of the Ford Explorer to swerve, overcorrect and begin barrel-rolling down I-75 near Mountain View and north of Charles W. Grant Parkway.

All three children involved in the wreck were under 5 years old. The deceased child died at the accident scene. Her siblings were treated at Egleston Hospital.

While much remains unknown regarding this accident, it should be noted that some automobile designs make them especially susceptible to vehicle rollovers. This could potentially be a factor in the fatal collision.

Police continue their investigation into the possible involvement of other drivers in this accident and are seeking information from the public regarding the identification of any drivers who caused or contributed to the crash.

Source: Clayton News Daily, "Troopers: Sedan did not cause crash that killed Atlanta toddler," Chelsea Prince, May 11, 2018

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