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Child killed in two-vehicle accident

CONYERS — A two-vehicle accident claimed the life of a 6-year-old boy Thursday afternoon in north Rockdale County.

The Rockdale County Sheriff’s Office Special Operations Unit is investigating the accident at the intersection of West Hightower Trail and Zingara Road. The accident occurred at about 4:40 p.m.

Killed in the accident was Marcos Guitierrez, of an Old Covington Highway address. According to the RCSO report, the child was sitting in the rear seat of a 1993 Mercury Villager when the accident occurred and was not wearing a seeatbelt.

According to RCSO Investigator Michael Camp, the Villager was traveling north on Zingara Road before stopping at the intersection with West Hightower Trail. After stopping, the minivan pulled out onto West Hightower Trail into the path of a 2004 Ford Explorer. The SUV was traveling eastbound on West Hightower Trail and was unable to avoid the collision.

The Villager was driven by a 52-year-old male. His 28-year-old daughter and 6-year-old grandson were passengers. The Ford Explorer was driven by a 16-year-old male, with his 74-year-old grandmother as a passenger.

Guitierrez was pronounced dead at the scene by Rockdale Coroner George Levett, according to the incident report. The other occupants of the vehicles were taken to Atlanta area hospitals for treatment of what appeared to be non-life-threatening injuries.

The exact cause of the accident remains under investigation. However, Camp said the preliminary investigation indicates that the driver of the Villager was at fault. Charges may be pending.

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Christopher 1 year, 8 months ago

So sad that someones ignorance caused the death of a innocent child. What logic could you possibly come up with not to buckle up a child. Charge him accordingly and put him away.

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Carole 1 year, 8 months ago

I agree with the question of not buckling the child in, but I'm also confused as to why the 28 year old was not also held liable.. Was this her child? Both people knew the law concerning small children's safety while in a vehicle...May God be with these family members, as well as the others that have to deal with this heartache.....

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JuneCleaver 1 year, 8 months ago

Who said the kid wasn't buckled in? In a T-Bone accident, there are deaths with persons buckled in.

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sparty1114 1 year, 7 months ago

If you read the article above, RCSO said the child was not wearing a seat belt.

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Southside 1 year, 7 months ago

Alice Queen said it in the 3rd paragraph

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JuneCleaver 1 year, 8 months ago

The previous posters are too quick to judge. There are fatalities in T-Bone collisions with persons who are buckled up! It has to do with the skull being dislodged sideways.

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superman 1 year, 7 months ago

I'm thinking you were too quick to voice your opinion. At least read the article.

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twoambers 1 year, 7 months ago

It wouldn't have mattered. Pulling out in front of another vehicle was the issue. But where and how it was impacted, there was no chance.

If you are unsure that traffic in the other direction doesn't stop, you've got to make sure before you pull out.

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ClaytonBigsby 1 year, 7 months ago

Well, if past is prologue, the County will be out there planting Stop signs, giving us yet another great gas wasting 4-way stop intersection. As I recall, that's how we got many of them (Flat Shoals/McDaniel Mill; Flat Shoals/Smyrna, etc). One nimrod fails to yield, and we're cursed with a 4-way from here on out. I hope I'm wrong.

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