COVINGTON - The Georgia State Patrol has released the name of the 13-year-old victim who was killed in a car crash Saturday afternoon.
Cashona Robinson was the passenger in a Chevrolet Malibu driven by her 19-year-old brother on Spring Road in Newton County, just east of the Rockdale County line, when he apparently lost control of the vehicle.
Robinson was a sixth-grade student at Veterans Memorial Middle School in Covington, according to Sherri Viniard, director of public relations at the Newton County School System, and counseling services are being offered at the school.
"The faculty and students were obviously stunned by the news this morning," Viniard said. "The school system offers its deepest condolences to the family during this very difficult time."
She said counselors are available for any student or staff member needing assistance dealing with the "tragic news."
"Extra counselors were brought in this morning from neighboring West Newton Elementary School and Livingston Elementary School, where she attended fifth grade last year," Viniard said.
According to the GSP, the driver dropped off the shoulder of the road and "over corrected," causing the vehicle to overturn.
Robinson, who wasn't wearing a seat belt, was ejected, and the car rolled on top of her, said Trooper B. Marx who is investigating the crash.
While speed was determined to be a factor in the crash, Marx said late Saturday that charges aren't expected.
Lackey and Sons Funeral Home has announced that visitation for the family will be held from noon until 9 p.m. today at their facility located at 1163 Reynolds St. S.W. in Covington. The funeral home's phone number is 770-786-6177.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Corinth Missionary Baptist Church at 813 S. Cherokee Road, also known as Ga. Highway 11, in Social Circle. The church's phone number is 770-464-2949.
News Editor Barbara Knowles contributed to this article.
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