A fiery van crash near Atlanta resulted in the death of six women on the evening of Saturday, April 24. On Thursday, April 29, police confirmed that after investigating the incident, the driver of the van has been taken into custody for negligent driving.
The unfortunate incident took place along the northbound lanes of I-85. The van had 16 passengers in it at the time of the crash, all of them women. Preliminary investigations reveal that another vehicle may have unexpectedly changed lanes right in front of the van. This caused the driver of the van to also make a reckless lane change, causing it to flip over and catch fire.
The fire soon engulfed the entire vehicle. Bystanders tried to break through the windshield and rescue the passengers. However, six of the passengers perished before help could arrive. Another ten suffered injuries and were transported to hospitals in metro Atlanta for emergency treatment.
The van driver was identified as Monica Manire of Byron. Manire and all the other passengers in the vehicle belonged to a community called We Are Living Proof. All the members of the community sought sober living and the passengers were on their way to a recovery meeting when the fiery van crash near Atlanta occurred.
Authorities have revealed the identities of the deceased victims following notifications to the next-of-kin. The deceased have been identified as Alishia Carroll, 34, of Columbus, Kristie Whitfield, 44, of Mount Airy, Rose Patrick, 34, of Ellabell, Normisha Monroe, 38, of Norcross, and Tina Rice, 53, of Atlanta.
Manire, who was driving the van when the accident occurred, has been arrested and charged with six counts of homicide by vehicle. She was booked into the Gwinnett County Jail following her arrest.
For Atlanta crashes involving driver negligence, it is possible for the injured victims and the families of deceased victims to recover compensatory damages with help from an Atlanta car accident lawyer.