21-year-old killed, son injured in Southeast Alabama crash. A 21-year-old mother has died after being injured in a crash on U.S. 280 in Smiths Station on Friday. Her toddler son was also seriously injured.
Lee County Coroner Bill Harris revealed that the young woman was Diamond Anastasia Wright. He said she suffered multiple internal injuries and was pronounced dead on Monday around 1 p.m. Wright was a patient in the Intensive Care Unit at Piedmont Regional Hospital in Columbus.
The Coroner said preliminary investigations suggest the young mother may have pulled into the path of a truck and she was struck in the side.
Her son, Bryon Edwards, had to be airlifted to an Atlanta hospital. In a GoFundMe campaign, Wright’s mother Qualeisha Wright said Bryon will need considerable physical and speech therapy because of his injuries.
No information was released about the other driver. However, the Alabama State Troopers and the Lee County Coroner’s Office continue to investigate the crash.
The statistics on motor vehicle accidents in Alabama are staggering. According to the Alabama Department of Transportation 2017 Crash Facts document, in 2017, 948 people were killed in 857 crashes. Every 3 minutes and 20 seconds, a collision was reported, and someone was injured in a crash every 11 minutes. Furthermore, someone was killed every nine hours and 14 minutes.
Based on this data, the average driver in Alabama has more than a one in three chance of being involved in a crash with injuries or fatalities over the course of their life.
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