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Illegal street race blamed in wreck
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An infant and a Covington teenager were killed Thursday night in a wreck on I-20 that police believe was caused by an illegal car race going awry.

Edi Rodriquez, 19, of Covington, was killed along with a 7-month-old infant from Madison, and three others were injured in the wreck in Rockdale County near Salem Road.

The infant, identified by Georgia State Patrol as Hunter Anderson, was the son of Madison resident Kyrie Alassen Anderson, 22, who was allegedly racing another vehicle on the interstate traveling westbound.

Anderson lost control of her Honda Accord, crashed into the guardrail and then traveled across the westbound lanes, according to GSP.

The Honda was then hit by a third vehicle not involved in the race, a Chevrolet Silverado, injuring Anderson and killing her two passengers.

The driver of the Silverado, 34-year-old Jody Shane Richardson of Bowdon, and a passenger, 48-year-old Terry Lee Chaney of Carrollton, were both injured.

No charges have yet been filed.

“The other driver believed to be involved with racing the Honda has been identified and will be interviewed during the follow-up investigation,” a Georgia State Patrol spokesperson said Friday afternoon. “It is still very early in the investigation, and any charges will be considered once all of the facts have been collected.

“The Specialized Collision Reconstruction Team will be conducting the follow-up investigation of the first crash. That can take several months,” the spokesperson said Saturday afternoon.

According to her Facebook page, Alassen Anderson was a 2008 graduate of Madison County High School and worked at American Deli. According to Rodriguez’s Facebook page, he was in the Newton High School Class of 2012 and worked at Pacho’s Mexican Grill. His page said he was in a relationship with Anderson.

In an interview with 11Alive, Anderson said there was no racing and that it was Rodriguez, not her, driving the car.

She also said Rodriguez was not killed in the crash, but rather after the accident when he went to check on Hunter and was hit by a passing car. She told 11Alive she had multiple fractures, damage to her right arm and facial injuries.
The TV station is also reporting that a Hunter Anderson Memorial Fund has been up at Wells Fargo Bank to help pay for funeral expenses; donations can be made at any Wells Fargo location.

The crash also caused another accident when a vehicle slowed down to avoid the wreck and was rear-ended. Georgia State Patrol said people were transported for medical treatment but did not specify who was hurt; the drivers were from Riverdale and Social Circle.