Clayton County

Woman, unborn child killed after drunk driver crashed into them, fiancé says

MORROW, Ga. — A woman has died days after her unborn child was killed in a crash with a suspected drunk driver Sunday.

Ashley Acosta was only 19 years old. She died at Grady Memorial Hospital Thursday morning.

Channel 2′s Tom Jones spoke with Acosta’s fiancé Wednesday afternoon outside the hospital.

“You know, it feels like my future was taken,” Emanuel Cortes told Jones.

Cortes can’t understand how a late-night food run with his fiancée ended with their unborn baby getting killed and his 7-months-pregnant fiancée left brain dead.

“We were planning a wedding, and now we’re planning a funeral,” he said, seemingly still in shock.

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Morrow police say 32-year-old Jeffrey Fulks was driving drunk when he ran a red light and slammed his Ford F-150 into the car Cortes and Acosta were riding in on Jonesboro Road and Lake Harbin around 2 a.m. Sunday morning.

Acosta bore the brunt of the impact. Cortes says she managed to crawl out of the car but lost consciousness on the way to the hospital.

“They tried to see if they could save the baby, but by the time they had taken it out, they noticed the baby had died in the crash,” he said sadly.

He says he suspected Fulks was intoxicated immediately after the crash.

“I had asked him if he was impaired, and he just shook his head no and smoked a cigarette,” he explained.


Fulks now faces charges of vehicular feticide, DUI and serious injury by vehicle. Police said he will now be charged with First Degree Homicide by Vehicle for Acosta’s death.

Cortes and Acosta wanted to name the baby Mateo. They planned on getting married this month before the baby arrived. Now that won’t happen.

“He took my future. He took my baby. He took both of my babies. I never got to meet my son,” he said.

Fulks is in the Clayton County Jail. Morrow police say there was another violent crash involving another suspected drunk driver that same day.

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Click on this link to contribute to a GoFundMe account set up to help the family with hospital and funeral expenses.