Roy Barnes' daughter, granddaughters hurt in wreck

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ATLANTA - Democratic gubernatorial nominee Roy Barnes' daughter and two granddaughters were injured in a car accident Sunday in Cobb County after police say a Porsche traveling above the speed limit crossed into their lane and struck the front of their minivan.

Alison Barnes Salter was taken to Kennestone Hospital on Sunday with non-life threatening injuries. Her two daughters - ages 4 and 7 - were taken by ambulance to Scottish Rite Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Mario D. Zuniga, of Kennesaw, the 17-year-old driver of the Porsche, was in critical condition Sunday afternoon, according to an official at Atlanta Medical Center. A 16-year-old passenger in Zuniga's car was taken to Kennestone Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Police say Zuniga swerved into Salter's northbound lane while trying to round a curve. The front of the Porsche collided with the front of Salter's Honda Odyssey.

The investigation is ongoing, police said.

Anna Ruth Williams, a spokeswoman for Barnes' campaign, said the former governor and his wife, Marie, "appreciate the outpouring of thoughts and prayers as their daughter and granddaughters recover from today's accident."

"Their thoughts and prayers also go out to the young men and the families involved in the accident," Williams said.

Salter, an attorney, works at Barnes Law Group, a Marietta law practice, with her father. Barnes is seeking a return to the governor's mansion. He was ousted after one term in 2002.

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humbleopinion
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humbleopinion 10/10/10 - 09:23 pm
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Although I totally disagree

Although I totally disagree with the political views of Roy Barnes I will say a prayer for his daughter and granddaughters......

Now....What in the world is a 17 year old doing driving a Porsche???? What idiot of a parent would turn a kid loose in a performance car????

With that being said, when I was 17 I was driving a big block, 4 speed El Camino and also a 750 Yamaha....Both of which I worked for. I've driven high performance cars all of my life and I too have a 17 year old in the house now. There is NO way I would give him the keys to my Z-06, even to drive around the neighborhood......

I will say a prayer for he and his friend to recover and hopefully learn from this tragic lapse in judgment.

Taylor B
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Taylor B 10/10/10 - 09:30 pm
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Something like this happens

Something like this happens and everything suddenly comes into focus. Prayers to the Barnes family.

Humble, I have a 40th vette and a teenager. I bought my son (14 now) a vw beetle in deplorable condition. I told him he has three years and can borrow my tools. My father did the same for me. I have had Porsches, an M3, Jags, and some of the fastest VWs they make, and have no accidents or tickets. I can count the times on one hand that I've had my Vette over 80...

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pommom38 10/10/10 - 09:38 pm
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My prayers are with all those

My prayers are with all those involved.
I will NOT touch the *what was/is* comment. Been there, done that way too many times. And be careful with the *idiots* and parents comments, mods are watchin..

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Dixieman 10/10/10 - 09:42 pm
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Disagree with him 100%

Disagree with him 100% politically, but prayers for his family for a swift and complete recovery.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 10/10/10 - 10:54 pm
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Wow! We were expecting an

Wow! We were expecting an October surprise from Barnes, but this is over the top.

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johnston.cliff 10/11/10 - 07:24 am
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Whenever Barnes is in power,

Whenever Barnes is in power, he threatens my family. Still, I hope his daughter and grand daughters recover from this horrible experience.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 10/11/10 - 10:55 am
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Sigh. Once again the

Sigh. Once again the Chroncle repeats an article under a different filename, so the comments get garbled up. Why do they do that?

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