The driving force of a van that crashed and burst into flames on a Georgia interstate has been arrested and charged with six counts of murder by car, police stated Thursday.
Six ladies contained in the van had been killed and 10 others additionally within the van had been injured within the Saturday wreck outdoors Atlanta.
Investigators consider Monica Manire of Byron made a reckless lane change, which brought about the van to flip on its aspect, Gwinnett County police stated. She was being held within the Gwinnett County Jail.
Witnesses have informed police a second car unexpectedly modified lanes forward of the van, which then went uncontrolled, rolled onto its aspect and slid throughout two lanes of the interstate. The 2002 Dodge Ram passenger van then burst into flames.
The car seen altering lanes forward of the van didn’t stay on the scene, police stated of their report.
Most of the passengers within the van had been a part of a sober dwelling neighborhood referred to as We Are Dwelling Proof. Relations say they had been heading to a restoration assembly when the crash occurred.
“We ask that you just be a part of us in prayer for the households and family members of the women we misplaced in addition to the survivors,” the group stated on its Fb web page.
Flames grew quickly as bystanders tried to avoid wasting the motorists from the burning passenger van, witnesses recounted later. At the very least one motorist kicked out a windshield of the van within the frantic effort to rescue these inside.
The ladies killed had been all from Georgia and ranged in age from 26 to 53. Manire and 9 passengers survived.
Among the many useless was Alishia Carroll of Columbus, a 34-year-old mom of 4 who had just lately determined to get assist for her habit issues, relations stated.
“She was lastly making an attempt to get good for herself and good for youths and God simply wished to take her house,” Carroll’s oldest youngster, Kylie Mitchell, informed WXIA-TV.
Others killed had been Kristie Whitfield, 44, of Mount Ethereal, Georgia; Tina Rice, 53, of Atlanta; Normisha Monroe, 38, of Norcross, Georgia; and Rose Patrick, 34, of Ellabell, Georgia, police stated.