Last Friday, a crash happened at the corner of Donald Lee Holloway Parkway and Fulton Industrial Boulevard at about 7 a.m. It involved a white pickup truck, driven by Robert Culver, which tried to turn left and hit the rear side of a Chevrolet car. The impact caused the car to spin into a vacant parking lot and came to rest in the grass near the intersection. Young Symia Knight was a passenger sitting in the back seat of that car, and she was taken to Grady Memorial Hospital but she later died of her injuries. She was with her mother, sister and brother on their way to McDonalds before being dropped off at school, since they were ahead of schedule that morning. Her brother Calvin Knight said Symia was right next to him when she was fatally wounded.
Police say that Mr. Culver saw that the intersection light was green, but he was still at fault for the accident. Atlanta police spokeswoman Kim Jones said, “He did not allow her to clear the intersection before he made the turn.” Jones also said police have a particularly hard time with crashes involving children, saying, “It is difficult. I mean, I worked in that unit for 17 years, and it is difficult. I mean, I’m getting emotional right now. It is difficult to have a child of any age.” Robert Culver was charged with misdemeanor second-degree vehicular homicide and failure to yield.
Her mother, Shacora Knight, said of Symia, “Oh, she’s going to be so missed. And she had so many friends. She loved her friends. She always said ‘Mommy, I have so many best friends. Everybody’s my best friend.” Her father, Calvin West, said that drivers need to slow down. He sent the message to “just take your time.” Friends created an Instagram page, “Rest in Peace, Symia.” Her family told reporters that peace would be hard to find with their little girl’s much too early death. They had a memorial last Sunday in English Park, filled with balloons and teddy bears and things in Symia’s favorite color, purple. People stood in a circle with the mementoes and shared memories of her. A memorial near the spot where she died is growing.
Atlanta Car Accident Lawyers
Memorials like Symia’s shouldn’t need to exist. Drivers need to be safe and careful on the roads to avoid these kinds of tragedies. If a you or a family member has been injured in a crash, regardless of the type of vehicle, the experienced personal injury attorneys at Sammons & Carpenter may be able to help get the compensation needed and deserved. To discuss what happened and how to move forward, contact the Law Office of Sammons & Carpenter as soon as possible at 404-814-8949, or fill out our confidential online case evaluation form for a free consultation today.
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