Police say speed was a factor in the death of a 25-year-old woman on Interstate 75 early Sunday morning.

Investigators say Deronique R. Smith of Atlanta was driving a black 2012 Jeep Liberty northbound on I-75 approaching the I-285 overpass, shortly after 4 a.m. when she lost control of the vehicle. The Jeep exited the roadway, continued onto the shoulder and collided with the concrete barrier. The collision with the barrier redirected the Jeep, causing it to re-enter the travel lanes and partially roll over.

Police said Smith was not wearing a seat belt and was pronounced deceased at the scene. Next of kin has been notified.

Witnesses told police that the Jeep passed them at a high rate of speed prior to the collision, and the department said speed played a role in the crash. No charges will be filed.

The collision remains under investigation and anyone with information is encouraged to contact the Cobb County Police Department STEP Unit at 770-499-3987.


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