A fatal Atlanta car crash occurred Thursday, May 24, 2012, that claimed
the life of an elderly Atlanta woman. A state trooper said the wreck occurred
around 10:15 p.m. on U.S. Highway 59 South.
According to the police, the fatal crash involved a U-Haul truck and car
hauler driver of Houston. The 2007 Ford E 456 U-Haul truck was towing
a 1988 Chevrolet van on the car hauler.
Unfortunately two elderly individuals were riding inside the van that was
being hauled. Neither of them was wearing a seat belt, and they were thrown
from their seats at the time of the crash.
The trooper investigated the crash and indicated that Straker was not speeding,
but he explained that the weight of the van on the trailer was too heavy
and pushed the truck sideways when the U-Haul entered the S-curve.
The U-Haul driver allegedly steered into the skid, but the truck ended
up getting away from her and she overcorrected. This caused the trailer
to whip around in almost a 180-degree turn and threw the elderly individuals
from their seats.
When the trooper arrived on the scene, he removed the elderly woman from
the van and started CPR; however, she was pronounced dead at the accident
scene at 10:24. She was taken to the Atlanta Memorial Hospital for treatment
of minor injuries, and Straker was not injured in the crash.
Kalka & Baer would like to wish the elderly woman's husband who
was also in the crash, strength to recover and get through this tragic
time of losing his wife in this fatal
Atlanta auto accident.