• Family wants answers in mysterious death of college student hit on I-285

    By: Steve Gehlbach

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    DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. - Friends and family of a 23-year-old woman killed in a hit-and-run crash on I-128 last week say they don't understand how she ended up on the highway. 

    Danna Rodriguez was hit by multiple vehicles around 5 a.m. last Wednesday in DeKalb County near Spaghetti Junction.

    The accident happened on the entrance to I-285 westbound between the main lanes of the highway and the exit lanes of Buford Highway. 

    None of the vehicles that hit her stopped.

    Channel 2's Steve Gehlbach talked to Rodriguez's friends, who said she wasn't near her car, wasn't walking from her car and doesn't live anywhere near where she was killed. They say there's no way she would have taken her own life.

    Now, friends and family are wondering who she may have been with and if she got out of a car or was pushed from a car. 


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    Gehlbach talked to DeKalb County police, who said there were pieces of at least two cars left behind on the highway the morning of Rodriguez's death -- and enough damage that the drivers would have known they hit someone.

    Gehlbach got the police report, but there is no information about any police looking for any possible suspects, vehicles involved or witnesses. 

    The college student was taking a break from school for the semester and working at a local cellphone store, family members said. She leaves behind her mother, stepfather and three younger brothers and sisters. 

    A GoFundMe account has been set up to help the family and pay for funeral costs raised more than $18,000 in less than a week. 

    Anyone with information or who saw Rodriguez anytime that night into the next morning is urged to call DeKalb County police.

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