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UPDATE: Woman Killed in C.H. James Parkway Crash Identified

Authorities say charges are expected to be filed in connection with the accident that happened on Monday near Garrett Road.

Credit: Patch file
Credit: Patch file

Update: March 13, 2014. 7:10 p.m.

The Cobb County Medical Examiner’s Office has positively identified the deceased driver of the white 2005 Infiniti G35 as 36-year-old Katrina M. Cook of Hiram.

This traffic fatality case continues to be investigated and anyone with information about it is asked to call 770-499-3987.

Update: March 11, 2014, 9:15 a.m.:

According to Cobb police, charges are expected to be filed in connection with Monday’s traffic fatality case after the investigation is complete.

Preliminary information from investigators indicates that the driver of a red 1998 Mazda B4000 pickup truck was traveling south on C.H. James Parkway in the left lane. At the same time, the driver of a red Toyota Tundra truck was traveling south on C.H. James Parkway, directly in front of the Mazda pickup truck.

As the driver of the Mazda began to change lanes to pass the Toyota on the right, the left front of the Mazda collided with the right rear of the Toyota causing the driver to lose control. The Toyota traveled through the center turn lane and collided head on with a white 2005 Infiniti G35 which was traveling north on C.H. James Parkway. 

After being struck by the Toyota, the Infiniti entered the path of a white 2012 Freightliner tractor-trailer which was also traveling north on C.H. James Parkway. The Infiniti caught fire after it was struck in the rear by the Freightliner tractor-trailer. 

The driver of the Infiniti died at the scene and the Cobb County Medical Examiner’s Office will be assisting investigators with positively identifying the person.

The driver of the Mazda has been identified as 26-year-old Danielle Garcia of Douglasville. She did not require medical treatment at the scene. 

The driver of the Toyota has been identified as 61-year-old Bobby Banks of Powder Springs. He was transported by ambulance to the Atlanta Medical Center with serious, but non-life threatening injuries. 

The driver of the Freightliner has been identified as 28-year-old Alhassane Dansoko of Decatur. He did not require medical treatment at the scene.

Charges have yet to be filed and anyone with information about it is asked to call 770-499-3987.


Original Post:

Cobb police closed a stretch of the heavily traveled C.H. James Parkway in Austell for several hours during Monday's afternoon rush hour after a deadly, three-vehicle crash.

The accident happened near Garrett Road and resulted in the parkway being closed in all directions.

The violent wreck involved a semi-trailer truck, a pickup truck and car, which caught on fire. An occupant of the car was killed, and the person's identity has not been released.

This is developing story and check back with Patch for updates.


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