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GSP: Woman thought to be driver in fatal crash was a passenger

CONYERS — The Georgia State Patrol has determined that a woman initially identified as a driver in a two-car collision that claimed the lives of her 6-month-old son and another passenger was actually a passenger in the car. The GSP also said Tuesday that officers found no evidence that racing contributed to the accident, as was initially suspected.

According to the findings of the GSP Specialized Collision Reconstruction Team, Kyrie Alassen Anderson, 22, of Madison was not the driver of the 1994 Honda Accord that collided with a pickup truck on May 10 near the Salem Road exit on Interstate 20. Instead, the GSP said 19-year-old Edi Rodriquez of Covington, who was killed in the crash, was driving the Honda in which Anderson and her infant son, Hunter Anderson, were passengers.

No charges will be filed in connection with the crash, according to the GSP.

“Based on their work, state troopers have determined the Honda Accord was being driven by Edi Rodriquez at the time of the crash,” according to Franka Young, a Georgia State Patrol spokesperson. “The Honda was traveling westbound on Interstate 20 in the center lane and the 2005 Chevrolet Silverado was traveling in the same direction in the left lane. ... Rodriquez lost control of the vehicle, struck the guardrail on the right shoulder of the road, and then re-entered the travel lanes.”

The Honda came to rest in the left lane, according to Young. Rodriquez got out of the car and was struck by the Silverado, which then hit the concrete median barrier and came to rest on its left side facing west.

Troopers determined that Rodriquez was the driver of the Honda by reviewing video from a nearby gas station.

According to the GSP, the video showed the Honda pull into the station for gas and Rodriquez exit the car from the driver’s seat. “He then entered the vehicle on the driver’s side and left the station lot driving the Honda,” Young said. “The crash occurred approximately five minutes later, six miles away.”

Anderson and the driver and a passenger in the pickup truck were all injured in the crash.

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