Teen, 8-year-old die in wreck
by Lindsay Field
March 18, 2013 11:40 PM | 8507 views | 6 6 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Cobb Police says 19-year-old Abraham Fernandez-Zuniga of Acworth and an 8-year-old passenger died at the scene of this wreck on I-575 Monday afternoon.<br>Photo courtesy of Fox 5
Cobb Police says 19-year-old Abraham Fernandez-Zuniga of Acworth and an 8-year-old passenger died at the scene of this wreck on I-575 Monday afternoon.
Photo courtesy of Fox 5
KENNESAW — Cobb Police are asking for the public’s help in finding out what happened prior to a wreck that claimed two lives on Interstate 575 on Monday afternoon.

A 19-year-old driver and his 8-year-old passenger were discovered dead around 2 p.m. at the scene of an accident in the southbound lanes of I-575 just north of the Chastain Road exit in Kennesaw.

The driver was identified as Abraham Fernandez-Zuniga of Acworth, and the juvenile’s name is not being released at this time, pending notification of family.

Officer Mike Bowman with Cobb Police said investigators were told by witnesses that Fernandez-Zuniga was driving a red 2001 Chrysler Town and Country minivan in the left, northbound lane of I-575 when for unknown reasons he exited the highway and crossed over the grassy median and into the southbound lanes.

“As the Chrysler entered into the southbound lanes, it was struck in the driver’s side by the commercial truck,” the police release stated.

The other vehicle was a white 2007 International 7600 commercial truck driven by 42-year-old Earldean Clayton of Rex. He was taken to WellStar Kennestone Hospital in Marietta with non-life threatening injuries.

“We need witnesses to come forward so we can find out what happened before he crossed into that median,” Bowman said.

The wreck caused major back-ups along southbound I-575 north of the accident, and Georgia State Patrol Officers were called to the scene to help redirect drivers.

Bowman said the road was closed between 2 and 5 p.m., and just before 5 p.m., one southbound lane was open to relieve some of the traffic.

Anyone with information about this investigation is asked to call (770) 499-3987.
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March 19, 2013
I am awaiting with abated breath for D.A. King to demand a Bigger Government due to this carra crash.

How Big will Big Government King's demand be?

Are his intials D.A. or B.G. anyway? (for Big Guy, not Big Government, silly! He likes Small Government, except for all that Big Government he seems to be self-employed lobbying for!)

SO... Will he demand a wall down I-575 or a wall along the USA's border with Mexico?

Speak up Big Guy, D.A. King! What'll ya have? What'll ya have?
March 19, 2013

You are very disrespectful to the family of these children that died in the wreck. You are making flippant jokes while they mourn their children.
March 20, 2013
Has anyone checked the meds, lately, on VFP42? What an incoherent fool. Witnesses said the driver, for some unknown reason, crossed the grassy median into oncoming traffic, killing himself and an innocent 8 year old. How the heck does that involve DA King? Was the driver trying to commit suicide? Was he on something?! Hey, maybe he was on the meds that should've been for VFP42.
q bueno
March 20, 2013
Victim wasn't from Mexico, had a drivers license and was in the US legally, sorry 'bout your luck D.A. !
Robert Stockman
March 19, 2013
Cherokee County has cable barriers the length of I-575 to prevent crossover accidents, and they work. Cobb should erect those barriers on it's portion of I-575 and I-75 to prevent crossover accidents happening.

The condition of the windshield wipers and the tires on the 12 year old Mini-van should be examined. Heavy rain was in the area at the time of the crash.
Just Wait
March 20, 2013
This is an interstate highway maintained by the state. Cobb nor Cherokee has input into the work or safety features of the highway.
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