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Child killed on Ga. Hwy. 81 identified
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UPDATE: The female killed on Ga. Highway 81 has been identified as 12-year-old Lynneah Browning of Covington.

UPDATE: Georgia State Patrol is currently working with Newton County Coroner Tommy Davis to identify the female killed this morning on Ga. Highway 81 by dental records.

According to GSP Spokesman Gordy Wright, the female is believed to be 12-years-old and was walking along Ga. 81, not waiting for a school bus as has been rumored, when she was struck by a 2005 Toyota Camry.

The driver who struck her is identified as 35-year-old Charnelle Martin-Gaillard from Stockbridge. Charges are pending the completion of a follow-up investigation by the GSP's Specialized Collision Reconstruction Team.


UPDATE: The road has been cleared after the accident that killed a pedestrian this morning. The name of the victim has yet to be released.


Original story: Ga. Highway 81 is shut down and traffic is being rerouted using Oak Hill Road as a cut through because of a fatality accident where a driver hit and killed a female pedestrian on Ga. 81.

Lt. Tyrone Oliver with the Newton County Sheriff's Office said his office received the call around 6:59 a.m. The woman's age and identity were not yet known or being released, but the Georgia State Patrol is investigating the accident. GSP spokesman Gordy Wright said the woman had no identificaiton on her.

The driver is also not being identified, but the driver is still at the scene. The driver was traveling northbound just past the first Oak Hill Road entrane on Ga. 81 when the pedestrian was struck and died of her injuries.

Deputies are rerouting traffic onto Oak Hill for both northbound and southbound traffic, Oliver said, because Oak Hill has entrances off Ga. 81 on both sides of the wreck. He said traffic appeared to be flowing pretty steadily and he didn't see major congestion.

A GSP reconstruction team is still on the way out to the scene, and Oliver said Ga. 81 itself might still be closed for another hour and a half or more.