• Charges could be filed against godmother in crash that killed 7-year-old, injured 4 others

    By: Richard Elliot


    DOUGLASVILLE, Ga. - Douglasville police are waiting for the return of a toxicology report before they decide what charges they'll file against a driver who crashed on the Highway 92 exit ramp off Interstate 20, injuring four children and killing her godson.

    Lauresia Woods was also injured in the Friday evening crash, but police said her injuries are only minor. Investigators said it appears Woods missed her exit then tried a violent move to get over to it, causing the SUV to roll over.  According to police, none of the five children passengers was wearing a seat belt.

    Seven-year-old Jamal Lewis, Woods' godson, died at the scene.  His sister, 14-year-old Sandterria Lewis, suffered a critical brain injury and remains on life support at the hospital.  His other sister, 6-year-old Jasmine, is in good condition.  Woods' two daughters, 13-year-old Chelsey and 15-year-old Alize were also injured.

    "I'm angry because she had them in the car with no seat belt and she did an illegal move," said Erica Lewis, Jamal's mother.  She spoke outside Willie Watkins Funeral Home in Southwest Atlanta where she's planning Jamal's funeral.

    "You had other people's kids in your hands, and you didn't protect them like you said you would," said Lewis.  "She hasn't contacted me.  She hasn't said anything to me, and I just feel like she don't care.  I hate to feel that way, but it's not her child that was taken.  It was my baby."

    Lewis said Woods took the children out Friday for pizza and swimming when the accident happened.

    "A nightmare, like a dream you can't wake up out of," Lewis said.

    Lewis said Jasmine is improving.  She also said Sandterria was not expected to survive the night but appears to be trying to breathe on her own.  She said she's going to miss Jamal terribly.

    "He was an excellent boy," Lewis said.  "He was good.  He was fun.  He was really funny, and he loved me so."

    The funeral is scheduled for 1 p.m. Saturday at Willie Watkins Funeral Home on Ralph David Abernathy Drive in Southwest Atlanta.  The family said they also need help paying for the funeral, so they set up a memorial fund.  It's called the Lewis Family Donation and contributions can be made at any metro Atlanta branch of Wells Fargo.

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