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Three year old killed in car accident
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For the second time in a week, a Newton County child was killed in a single car accident.


According to Georgia State Patrol Operator B. Marks, the mother, whose name is not being released, was driving on Jack Neely Road toward Fairview Road with her two children. The mother reportedly veered toward oncoming traffic and tried to correct her Mitsubishi Gallant, but went off road and struck an embankment.


Marks said the 3-year-old child was in her car seat, but was not properly restrained. The child was thrown from the window to the ground beside the car, which overturned onto the passenger side and crushed the girl.


Porterdale resident Gabe Long, 23, arrived on the scene seconds after the wreck occurred. He said the mother and the other daughter crawled out the car's driver's side. The mother reportedly screamed, "Somebody save my baby, save my baby."


Long, along with several other men, gathered around the car and flipped it back onto its tires. The child was still breathing, said Long, but had extensive head trauma and apparent internal injuries.


"I had to turn around and walk away when we saw her," Long said.


A few of the men who turned the car over picked the child up as the mother shrieked, said Long. The other child stood by her mother and cried.  


Police arrived about five minutes after the accident, with the medical first responders following a few minutes later. The girl was transported to the Newton Medical Center where she was later pronounced dead.


Marks said the mother has not been charged yet, but the accident is still under investigation.


Under Georgia law, all passengers under the age of four must be restrained by a seat safety belt. If they are not, the driver can face a fine of as much as $100. 


See the Sunday edition of The News for more details on this story.