by: Ashley Swann Updated:CHEROKEE COUNTY, Ga. —
A Cherokee County family is petitioning county leaders to improve the safety of an intersection where their pregnant loved one and her unborn child died following a car crash.
Twenty six-year-old wife and mother Tiffany Robbins lost her own life and that of her unborn daughter, Ariella, following the crash at Woodstock Road and Victory Drive in Acworth in January.
“It’s so unexpected. It has just crushed our family,” Robbins’ Aunt Judy Beale told Channel 2’s Ashley Swann. “She was an awesome mother. She was an awesome daughter. She was an awesome friend. She was a wonderful person. She was God sent and now she’s gone.”
Robbins’ 2-year-old daughter, Malaya, was in the backseat but survived. Cherokee investigators say Robbins pulled her car into the path of an oncoming vehicle. But Robbins family believes there’s more to the story.
“She was stopped at the white line and she pulled up so she could see,” said Beale. “When she pulled up so she could see, she got T-boned by a Tundra.”
The family says the intersection is known for being dangerous due to its skewed angle, which makes it hard for turning drivers to see the cars that often come speeding through.
“If we can stop one more accident or prevent one more death, then we’ve done our job and this wouldn’t all be for nothing,” Robbins’ sister-in-law Dana Thompson told Swann.
The family wants the intersection turned into a 3-way stop or roundabout, and have started an online petition to support their efforts.
This, as the husband and daughter Robbins left behind, struggle to move on with life without her.
“I am just thankful and I praise God that Malaya survived because that little girl is keeping him going,” Beale said, “I just want to save the next person, you know. That’s all. That’s it. It’s pretty simple.”
Swann spoke with the County's head engineer who said they have had some concerns about the intersection and are responding to the family's pleas. They're planning to have it formally evaluated by a team of traffic engineers, and hope to have an improvement plan in place within 90 days.
The family has started an online petition HERE.