Atlanta crash kills newlywed

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ATLANTA — A newlywed is dead and her husband was taken to Grady Memorial Hospital after a tractor-trailer changing lanes hit their car on Interstate 285 in Atlanta.

Police say the truck knocked 21-year-old Danielle Holly's Nissan Sentra out of control. It was hit by another semi and flipped, landing on its side.

The wreck Sunday night closed all southbound lanes of I-285 near MLK Drive.

Officer Kim Jones with Atlanta police told the Atlanta Journal Constitution that the tractor-trailer's driver, Jack Parsons, was attempting to change lanes.

Parsons was arrested and charged with second degree vehicular homicide and improper lane change.

Holly's husband, whose name was not released, was a passenger in the Nissan. His injuries were not believed to be life-threatening.

Investigators believe the couple lived in Cherokee County.

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bdouglas 04/25/11 - 08:24 am
This is why I try to floor it

This is why I try to floor it when going around semi trucks! Always afraid one is going to start to change lanes while I'm trapped next to them. I saw a near collision just like this last night on I-20W around 6:45pm next to the Davis Rd/I-520 interchange when a semi tried to change lanes while a car was next to him. Luckily the semi driver realized this either when the driver used their horn or he checked his mirrors and he swerved back over. Fortunately there was no one on the opposite side of him because he swerved way over into that lane getting his trailer up on just its right side wheels nearly flipping over in traffic. I was too far behind to get a company, trailer or plate number or I would have reported him. He was headed towards ATL, so I wonder if it was the same driver...

BamaMan 04/25/11 - 09:58 am
Me too. I get past semi's as

Me too. I get past semi's as fast as I can. Also will not follow something towing a boat, trailer, etc. Have a friend who lost a husband when the vehicle in front of them that was towing a boat, came loose, and they hit the boat head-on.

Tisk tisk what is this world coming to
I hate to see that people are

I hate to see that people are going to jail over traffic accidents but maybe this is what it will take to slow these semi drive down. The worst out the are the log trucks. At the same time I hope the law goes after companies too. There are companies that make it impossible for their drivers to drive safely.

Unfortunately there are accidents that are, in reality, murder. -- And no one gets caught.

draksig 04/25/11 - 12:54 pm
Just a reminder. If you can

Just a reminder. If you can not see the driver in his rear view mirror, he can not see you. 18 wheelers have HUGE blind spots and while the driver should turn his head and look, they often do not. I also spend as little time beside them as possible. I speed up when I pass to get around them and if they are passing me on the left, I slow down to let them around.

snuffygerkins 04/25/11 - 04:26 pm
Sad story indeed. My prayers

Sad story indeed. My prayers to the family of the young lady killed.....

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