• Minivan strikes, kills toddler; grandmother critical

    By: Eric Philips


    DEKALB COUNTY, Ga.,None - DeKalb police are investigating a deadly crash where a child was struck and killed by a minivan.

    Officers were called to the intersection of Covington Highway and Paul Edwin Drive shortly before 6 p.m. Tuesday for a report of a person struck.

    Investigators said Wendy Thrower was crossing the street with her grandchild, 3-year-old Kelseyana, when they were struck by a van. They were on the way home to their apartment after a trip to the grocery store.  Family members are in shock.

    “Kelseyana used to come up here every morning and play,” the girl’s cousin, Jerry Carlton, told Channel 2’s Eric Philips.

    He said a woman knocked on his family's door to let them know that his aunt and cousin had been hit.

    “I just took off running down there and when I got down there, she couldn't breathe,” Carlton said.

    News Chopper 2 flew over the scene moments after the accident. Witnesses said the young girl was hanging onto the back of her grandmother's motorized wheelchair as they crossed the road. Officers at the scene told Philips both a Toyota minivan and a Jeep Cherokee were involved.


    “She didn't have no reflector on her wheelchair, so nobody could see her in the dark,” resident Tarika Mitchell said.

    Police said Kelseyana died at the scene. Her grandmother was taken to Grady Memorial Hospital, where family members said she was alert and talking.

    Police said no driver will face charges.

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