GSP identifies car crash victim

COVINGTON - The Georgia State Patrol has identified the child who died in a one-car crash on Ga. Highway 162 on Friday afternoon as 7-year-old Bobby Couch, a student at Ficquett Elementary School in Covington.

Officials at the scene initially believed Couch was a 5-year-old and were unfamiliar with his relationship to the driver. However, GSP Trooper Jeremiah Slayton has confirmed that the driver of the vehicle, Christina Crowe, was not the mother of Couch, nor his 4-year-old brother, who was also a passenger in the car. She is the mother of the fourth passenger, a 7-week old infant girl.

Slayton said that Couch was pronounced dead at Newton Medical Center, while the other three victims were airlifted to Atlanta trauma centers.

"The 4-year-old and the driver have been released from the hospital," Slayton said Wednesday afternoon, adding that it was his information that the baby remained hospitalized.

Slayton said the 2003 Nissan Sentra driven by Crowe was traveling south on Ga. 162 between Parkwood Drive and Avery Drive about 12:40 p.m. Friday.

"She traveled off the west shoulder on her right, across both lanes of Highway 162 and onto the east shoulder, where she struck a tree on the left rear door behind the driver's seat. That's where the 7-year-old was seated," Slayton said.

He said the investigation into the collision has been turned over to the GSP's Specialized Collision Reconstruction Team and toxicology reports are pending.

"There is no known cause for the accident," Slayton said. "The roadway evidence tells me she left the roadway and struck the tree. But we really don't know the reason yet," he said.

Born in Arizona, Bobby was the son of Joseph and Julie Couch of Covington and the brother of James. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at the Chapel of Wheeler Funeral Home on Brown Bridge Road, followed by interment at New Covington Cemetery.

Barbara Knowles can be reached at barbara.knowles@newtoncitizen.com.