UPDATE

Hwy. 16 wreck victim critical

by Sarah Fay Campbell

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Kristen “Hannah” Hobbs, the driver of the white Honda Passport in Thursday’s wreck, was critically injured in the crash near Martin Mill Road. 


A young mother was on life support at an Atlanta hospital Friday following a crash Thursday on Ga. Hwy. 16 East in Coweta County.

Kristen “Hannah” Hobbs of Senoia was critically injured in the crash near Martin Mill Road, which was caused when a box truck struck her vehicle a glancing blow in the rear, sending Hobbs’ Honda Passport across the center line and into the path of a Ford F-150 driven by Donald White of Newnan.

The driver of the box truck, Devin McAdams, 28, of Lawrenceville, was charged with following too closely. Other charges are pending.

Hobbs’ 2-year-old daughter was in the back seat of the vehicle, and Hobbs’ 13-year-old sister was the front seat passenger. The 2-year-old was treated and released from Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston, according to Trooper T.J. Hamilton of the Georgia State Patrol. The 13-year-old was also taken to Egleston. Hamilton could not confirm whether or not the 13-year-old had been released Friday, but the teen was not expected to be in the hospital long.

White was taken by ground ambulance to Tanner Medical Center in Carrollton. His passenger, Telisha Gonzalez, was also airlifted to Atlanta Medical Center. Both had been released by late Friday.

Hamilton said that, according to witnesses, a vehicle ahead of Hobbs was slowing down to make a turn. McAdams was not able to stop in time and he steered to the right, “in an attempt to go around her, to avoid running into the back of her,” Hamilton said.

However, because he hit her at an angle, “it pushed her at an angle into oncoming traffic,” Hamilton said.

A witness stated that it “looked like a pinball reaction when the box truck hit,” Hamilton said. “The box truck going to the right and the vehicle being pushed into oncoming traffic.”

Hobbs is not considered to have been at fault, according to Hamilton.

In steering to the right, McAdams "was just trying to avoid hitting her,” Hamilton said.

“When a vehicle is rear-ended from behind and the vehicle is struck in a straight line, inertia pushes the vehicle straight forward,” Hamilton said. “When vehicles collide at an angle, inertia will push the vehicles in the direction they are being pushed."

Hamilton said there were no skid marks from either McAdams’ box truck or White’s F-150. McAdams’ truck traveled approximately 166 feet after striking Hobbs’ vehicle before coming to a stop.

McAdam’s has a commercial driver’s license, and was driving a truck leased from Ryder.

The accident investigation is ongoing, and Hamilton will be interviewing McAdams in the next few days.

Friends and family of Hobbs were posting messages on her Facebook page late Friday. A “go fund me” page to help with expenses was also set up at http://www.gofundme.com/as8y5k.



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