A two-year-old girl died on Sunday in a car accident after a vehicle struck the rear of her family car on Interstate 85 just north of the Lafayette Parkway exit. Her parents were injured. The family was on its way home after visiting friends.
Brian Gray, 31, of Winder, Georgia was driving the Honda Odyssey minivan when he was rear-ended by a 2004 Chevrolet Tahoe driven by Luke Waters, 24, of Fairhope, Alabama. Slowed traffic in the area had almost come to a halt at the time of the accident. When the Odyssey was hit, it crashed into the Ford Taurus in front of it, which in turn ran into a Ford pickup truck.
The driver of the Chevy Tahoe said he saw the slowed traffic but was unable to stop in time. He did not know what caused traffic to slow down. Police say the accident is under investigation and charges are pending.
Two-year-old Helen Gray was riding in her car seat. She suffered head injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene. Her mother, Pamela Gary, 29, was flown by helicopter to Atlanta Medical Center for treatment of her injuries. She was treated for chest injuries and numbness in her hands and lower legs. She is in critical, but stable condition. The father was treated at West Georgia Medical Center and released.
Four others suffered minor injuries.
Shane Smith Law would like to offer our condolences to the Gray family.