Our Personal Injury Attorneys feel for the family of a teenage mother and her little daughter who died tragically in a car accident last week. The mother and grandmother of the pair also went through the unimaginable horror of watching and not being able to do anything to save her family.
Gabriella Faiz, a 17 year old high school student and mother of almost two year old Jada, was driving her car, a Honda, which had just been repaired earlier that day, to do some errands last Thursday at around 9:30pm. Gabriella was a senior at Lithia Springs High School and Jada would have turned two years old this week. The car stalled in the right lane of I-285 near Ga. 400 in Sandy Springs, according to news reports. Gabriella’s mother, Al-Quiyamah Faiz, was in the car behind her and Gabriella called to tell her mother the car was having problems and to go around her. Her mom passed, called back, was told their car had stopped and turned around. Just minutes after Gabriella told her mother to go around, two cars slammed into her stalled car. Some news sources state that a tractor trailer was involved in this crash, as well. By the time Ms. Faiz got off the highway and came back, looking for their car, she saw orange flames, which had engulfed the Honda just minutes after being hit. Police officers called to the scene tried to rescue the two girls but could not. Ms. Faiz said, “A fireman had to tell me that was my child’s car and that they were no longer with me.” A grieving Ms. Faiz told reporters by phone, “I watched my daughter and granddaughter burn in the middle of the night.”
One other person in one of the cars that hit Gabriella’s was also injured, but not severely. Police are investigating the crash and deciding whether to press charges against the drivers that smashed into Gabriella’s car. Sandy Springs Police Captain Keith Zgonc said the decision would be made sometime this week. The accident was so horrific that Sandy Springs police shut down I-285 again on Sunday morning in the same location to try to reconstruct this fatal crash. The reconstruction lasted several hours and was to help police and investigators better understand what happened. They believe when the car stalled, it was first struck from behind by another vehicle.