A 3-year-old child was killed in a fiery car wreck in Gwinett.
The single vehicle accident occurred around 7 pm on Monday, January 11. The child, Jayla Cook of Grayson, was a passenger in a Toyota Highlander that was traveling on Braselton Highway near Old Cook Road in Dacula. The driver, 26-year-old Alicia Tubman, lost control of the vehicle and went off the road. She hit a tree and a fire hydrant before the vehicle burst into flames.
Witnesses were able to get Tubman out of the car, but were unable to rescue the child because the vehicle was already engulfed in flames. Jayla Cook died at the scene from injuries sustained in the crash.
Paramedics took Tubman to Grady Memorial Hospital for treatment of burns. A blood alcohol test was done to determine of alcohol was a factor in the accident. The accident is still under investigation.
Car crashes are the leading cause of death and injury to young children. In 2008, 216 children died in alcohol-related vehicle crashes. About half of these children were passengers in a vehicle being driven by an impaired driver.