COVINGTON - A 45-year-old woman who was involved in a four-vehicle crash on Ga. Highway 36 on Aug. 13 has died, according to the Georgia State Patrol.
Trooper Jeremiah Slayton of GSP Post 46 in Conyers said Angel Lucus of Covington died Saturday at Atlanta Medical Center, where she had been hospitalized since the crash.
Lucus was initially transported to Newton Medical Center, but was later sent to the Atlanta trauma center, Slayton said.
Slayton said a 1994 Pontiac Sunbird was traveling north on Ga. Highway 36 between McCart Circle and Christina Drive near Alcovy High School about 8 p.m., followed by a 2002 Dodge Ram pickup. A 2005 Chevrolet Malibu, followed by a 2006 Chevrolet Cobalt were traveling in the opposite direction. The driver of the Sunbird crossed over the center line, striking the Malibu and causing all four vehicles to crash.
Slayton said it had been raining, but the weather is not considered a factor in the crash.
"The driver of the Pontiac was distracted. She told me she was reaching for something," he said, adding that the car veered over the fog line and the driver apparently over-corrected. The 19-year-old driver has not been charged, pending the on-going investigation into the accident.
Slayton said it is unknown at this time if the crash was directly responsible for Lucus' death. Her body was sent to the Georgia Crime Lab for autopsy, but Slayton said he was informed that the cause of death is yet to be determined. He is now awaiting results of toxicology testing, as well as reports from the medical examiner.
Slayton said five people were injured during the crash, but none appeared to have life-threatening injuries. He said it was his understanding Lucus' 17-year-old daughter had required surgery for her injuries.