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Fatal Accident Kills Fulton County Middle School Teacher

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A Sandtown middle school teacher was killed and two other individuals were injured in a crash on Camp Creek Parkway that was caused by a teenager who was driving on a restricted license without an adult in the car. 40-year-old math teacher Shireen Haynes of College Park died after a teenage driver lost control of her vehicle and clipped the Saturn Haynes was a passenger in. The Saturn then spun out of control, crossed the median, and drove into the path of an oncoming 18-wheeler. Another teacher at the school, Kay Price, was taken to Grady Memorial Hospital in critical condition. Her husband, James Price, is also in critical condition following the crash.

The teen driver was charged with driving on a provisional license without an adult in the car, driving with a suspended vehicle registration, and failure to maintain her line. Her mother, 35-year-old Syretta Collins, was charged with allowing an unauthorized driver to operate a vehicle. According to police, the teen was following her mother who was driving another car on the roadway. Local authorities are currently considering whether to charge the teen and her mother with vehicular homicide in connection with the crash. The teen driver and her minor passenger were not injured in the collision and the cause of the accident is still under investigation.

Immediately prior to the accident, both Haynes and Kay Price were picked up from Sandtown Middle School by Price’s husband. Price has been a teacher with the Fulton County School District for more than six years. Haynes had only recently moved to Georgia from New York to teach at the school. Grief counselors were on hand Tuesday to assist both students and staff.

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More Blogs:

Man Who Caused Fatal Cherokee County Crash Was Drunk, Atlanta Personal Injury Attorney’s Blog, March 19, 2012

No Bond for Woman Accused of Killing Atlanta Police Officer While Driving Drunk, Atlanta Personal Injury Attorney’s Blog, March 5, 2011

Additional Resources:

Teen could face vehicular homicide charges in crash involving teacher, by Adam Murphy and Jocelyn Connell, cbsatlanta.com

Sandtown Middle School teacher killed and 2 other injured after car crashed into tractor-trailer, by The Associated Press, 11alive.com

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