• Family of woman, grandchildren killed in chase file lawsuit against city

    By: Berndt Petersen


    COLLEGE PARK, Ga. - The family of a grandmother and her two grandchildren killed in a police chase and crash are suing the city of College Park.

    Dorothy Wright, 75, and her grandchildren Cameron Costner, 12, and Layla, 6 were on their way to church on Jan. 31 and were blindsided by a stolen SUV.

    Police chased the stolen car from the Westin hotel in College Park, and the chase ended in a crash on South Gordon Street and Rogers Avenue.

    Police have not caught the driver.


    “Not a day goes by that I don’t think about my mom and my kids. It’s been really hard without them,” Joi Partridge said.

    Family members want to know what went into the decision by College Park police to chase the stolen car into a residential neighborhood in Atlanta.

    The family’s attorney said the chase should have never happened.

    The family is also pleading for help finding the car thief.

    “It won’t ever bring them back, but for him to be out there still—watch it happen to another family, because that’s what’s going to happen,” the victim’s father, Douglass Partridge, said.

    Family members hope someone will do the right thing and turn the car thief in.

    “We just want closure. Somebody knows who this guy is. He has friends. He has parents. He has somebody. We’re just looking for closure,” Floyd Costner said.

    There is a $25,000 reward for a tip that leads to an arrest

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