Grandfather, two grandchildren killed in crash; three other kids fighting for lives

Grandfather, two grandchildren killed in crash; three other kids fighting for lives

CLAYTON COUNTY, Ga. — Channel 2 Action News learned a weekend crash is under investigation after a 52-year-old man lost his life along with two of his grandchildren.

Channel 2's Michael Seiden learned Cedric Reid, along with his wife, two grandchildren and three other children who are also family members, were headed home from a family barbecue on Super Bowl Sunday when their van crashed into a concrete barrier at 285 West and the collector-distributor lane split to I-75 and Old Dixie Road in Clayton County. It happened around 3 a.m.

Reid and two of his grandchildren did not survive the crash. The three other children were critically injured and rushed to Children's Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston Hospital. Reid's wife, Lisa, was also listed in critical condition following the crash.

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"We’re trying to put the pieces together. What really happened," Reid's sister, Linda Lindo said. "We’re still not clear on what really happened.”

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Reid, who also went by the nickname "Fuzzy," was beloved by his family and remembered for his sense of humor and positive energy.

“Fuzzy was the type of person who used to bring strays home as a little boy. He loved everything. All kind of animals. He loved children. He loved people. He loved laughter. He loved life,” Lindo said. “He loved those grandkids. He loved those babies. He loved them all.”

Reid's wife was released Tuesday from the hospital and she's expected to make a full recovery.

As for the rest of the victims, family members said they know it's going to be a long journey.

Reid's family set up a GoFundMe page as they prepare for three burial services. There's also a second GoFundMe page.