A Newton County mother died Aug. 16 after a four-car accident sent her and at least two others to the hospital last week.
Angel Starlet Lucus, 45, died early Saturday at Atlanta Medical Center. On Tuesday, she was one of the victims involved in an accident on Ga. Highway 36. The cause of death is still under investigation.
According to a Georgia State Patrol report, driver Brittany Canady was heading north in a white Pontiac Sunbird with an 11-year-old passenger on the morning of Aug. 13.
Shortly after 8 a.m., Canady reportedly reached down for something in the car and started drifting into shoulder of the road. She overcorrected and came into the southbound lane, where she struck the side of an oncoming silver Malibu, driven by Lucus.
Canady's car began rotating and struck another car, a southbound yellow Chevy Cobalt, and a mailbox before coming to a rest on the southbound side of the road.
The Malibu swerved into the northbound lane, colliding headlong into a red Dodge Ram truck.
Lucas, her high school-aged daughter and the driver of the red Dodge truck were taken to hospital for their injuries, according to a Newton County Sheriff's Office report.
All four cars had passengers, and three of the passengers were juveniles.
Lucas's daughter, Elizabeth reportedly suffered cuts, bruises and friction burns and recently underwent surgery to reconstruct her elbow, according to family friend and Sunday school teacher Shirley Moody.
Despite the tragedy, friends and students from Alcovy High School helped Elizabeth usher in her 18th birthday at the hospital, throwing her a pizza party and bringing cake for everyone, said Moody.
At a funeral service held for Lucus Wednesday, the room was packed and standing-room only.
"She was a special person and deserved a special service," Moody said.
Lucus touched many lives through her involvement at Baptist Tabernacle church, said Moody. She initiated and headed a card ministry, which reached out to people, and served as treasurer of the Hand Maidens of the Lord Sunday school class. She was described as a woman with simple needs, unconcerned about things like brand-name clothes and manicures. Instead, her focus was on helping others and her family, said Moody.
"She was a wonderful, beautiful person her whole life," said her mother, Barbara McGuire. "She loved the Lord and served him and helped people constantly all the time. We called her our Angel, and she was."
In a separate incident, an 18-year-old Conyers resident was life-flighted after slamming into a tree in a single-car accident Tuesday.
Michael Boring was reportedly traveling east on Ga. Highway 138, just past the Rockdale/Newton border around 5:30 a.m. when he ran off onto the shoulder of the road and overcorrected, according to GSP Trooper Shaun Browder.
Boring's Chevy Tahoe crossed the road, with the rear of the car drifting to the side, and hit a tree on the passenger side on the west-bound side of the road.
There were reportedly no visible injuries, but Boring was unable to answer basic questions such as where he was going and what happened in the accident, according to a Newton County Sheriff's Office report.
Browder said there appeared to be no alcohol or substances involved, but that Boring was not wearing a seat belt at the time.
Boring was transported by Rockdale first responders and flown to Grady Hospital.