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Helen and Harris Hines

Helen Hines is recovering at home following a wreck Sunday afternoon in Atlanta that killed her husband, former Georgia Supreme Court Chief Justice Harris Hines.

The couple was returning to Marietta from Newnan, where they had gone Sunday morning to hear their 8-year-old granddaughter Edie sing in the church choir.

According to Atlanta Police, Hines was traveling north on Interstate 85 near Cleveland Avenue about 3 p.m. when he lost control of his Chevrolet Tahoe.

The initial investigation indicates Harris Hines was changing lanes when he hit the guardrail, causing the SUV to overturn, according to Officer Lisa Bender, spokesperson for the Atlanta Police Department.

Both he and Helen Hines were transported by ambulance to Grady Hospital where Harris Hines was pronounced dead. Family friends say Helen Hines suffered minor injuries in the wreck. She was released from the hospital Sunday evening.

Harris Hines retired from the Georgia Supreme Court in August after a 44-year career in the judiciary, starting in Cobb State Court in 1974. He was 75.

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