Wreck victim dies

by Sarah Fay Campbell

Hannah Hobbs, 20, of Senoia, was fatally injured in a crash Thursday on Ga. Hwy. 16 East.

The young mother received a severe brain injury in the crash, and was declared brain dead late Thursday. Hobbs was an organ donor, and eight of her organs were transplanted, according to family friend Michelle Smith. The surgery to remove the organs was done Saturday at Atlanta Medical Center. Once that was completed, life support systems were disconnected.

Smith said Saturday that a 13-year-old girl will be receiving Hobbs’ heart, and an 8-year-old will be getting a kidney.

Hobbs’ funeral will be Saturday at Higgins Hillcrest Chapel Funeral Home in Newnan at 2 p.m. The family will receive friends at the funeral home beginning at noon on Saturday, and burial will be in Forest Lawn Memorial Park.

Hobbs, along with her daughter, Shayleigh Durden, 2 1/2, and her sister, Gracie Hobbs, 13, were traveling in a Honda Passport on Ga. Hwy. 16 East, Thursday, heading west. According to Trooper T.J. Hamilton of the Georgia State Patrol, a vehicle ahead of Hobbs slowed down, apparently to make a turn.

Devin McAdams, 28, of Lawrenceville, was behind Hobbs in a box truck. He was not able to stop in time, and steered to the right in an attempt to avoid striking Hobbs. His truck hit the Honda at an angle, sending it into oncoming traffic, where it struck a Ford F-150 head-on. There were no skid marks, Hamilton said.

McAdams was charged on the scene with following too closely. Other charges are pending, and the investigation is ongoing, according to Hamilton. The GSP’s Specialized Collision Reconstruction Team investigated the crash, Hamilton said, and SCRT personnel will be interviewing McAdams as part of the investigation.

Following the crash, Hannah Hobbs was taken by air ambulance to Atlanta Medical Center. Durden and Gracie Hobbs were taken to Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston. Durden was released Friday, and Gracie Hobbs was released late Saturday. Gracie Hobbs sustained a fractured hip, Smith said.

The driver of the Ford, Donald White, and his passenger, Telisha Gonzalez, sustained minor injuries, and were both released from the hospital by Friday.

Hobbs’ daughter and sister were able to visit her in the hospital when she was on life support, as were many family and friends.

“Atlanta Medical has been great,” Smith said Saturday. “Anybody that came and wanted to see her” was allowed to.

A benefit account for the Hobbs family has been set up at Wells Fargo Bank. Donations can be made at any Wells Fargo branch for the “Hobbs Family.”

A GoFund Me page has also been set up for online donations, at http://www.gofundme.com/as8y5k. Hobbs did not have life insurance, Smith said.



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