Woman killed in robbery car crash

CONYERS -- A Newton County woman was killed in Rockdale County on Tuesday night after being hit by a car that was fleeing an alleged armed robbery.

Law enforcement is still investigating, but a press release from the Rockdale County Sheriff's Office said the alleged armed robbery occurred at approximately 7:45 p.m. at 4504 Harvest Grove Lane in Conyers.

When deputies arrived, there was a male subject at the scene who had been shot in the wrist, according to the release. The robbery victim was transported by ground ambulance to Atlanta Medical Center for treatment for his injuries. The victim told authorities the robbers fled in a black Nissan Maxima traveling toward Salem Road.

A RCSO deputy spotted the car on Flat Shoals Road and tried to get tag information. The press release said the driver "immediately accelerated his vehicle and began to elude the deputy."

The car ran a red light, dodged several cars in the intersection and eventually crashed into a gray Honda passenger car. The driver of the Honda was taken to Rockdale Medical Center, where she later died from her injuries, the release stated.

Georgia State Patrol confirmed the victim to be Shirley Akins, 56, of Newton County. Akins was the only occupant in the vehicle, according to GSP.

The two male suspects in the Nissan attempted to flee the scene on foot. Authorities caught one suspect, but the other suspect remains at-large. The suspect in custody is being charged with three counts of armed robbery, three counts of aggravated assault, possession of a weapon during the commission of a crime and murder, according to Rockdale County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Jodi Shupe.

Shupe said Sheriff's Office investigators are not releasing the name of the suspect arrested due to the nature of the investigation and as the search continues for the other suspect.

Warrants for the second suspect have been issued and an investigation is ongoing.

Georgia State Patrol Trooper First Class John Taylor said charges from GSP involving the crash are pending, as GSP is still in the preliminary stages of the investigation.

Anyone with information about this case is asked to call RCSO Criminal Investigation Division at 770-278-8155.