One dead in Veterans Memorial Highway collision

Logo on former Cobb Police Department Headquarterslogo at the old Cobb Police Department Headquarters (photo by Larry Felton Johnson)

A collision on Veterans Memorial Highway near Collins Boulevard in Austell resulted in one death and several injuries, according to a report from Officer Sarah O’Hara of the Cobb County Police Department.

Investigators from the Cobb County Police Department’s Selective Traffic Enforcement Program (STEP) Unit are assisting the Austell Police Department in investigating the accident.

Veterans Memorial Highway collision

Investigators report that around 8:10 a.m. this morning a silver 2003 Honda Pilot was eastbound on Veterans Memorial Highway when the vehicle crossed into oncoming traffic near Collins Boulevard. The Honda collided with a blue 2006 Volkswagen Touareg that was traveling west. The Volkswagen was then struck by a gold Nissan Altima that was also westbound.

The occupants of the Honda were all from Powder Springs.  The driver, Ilona Peterson, 60, was pronounced dead on the scene.  Frances Baker, 39, the front seat passenger, was transported to WellStar Kennestone Hospital with injuries that are not expected to be life-threatening. Bre’jhane Hoggans, 23, the rear seat passenger, was transported to Grady Memorial Hospital with serious injuries.

The occupants of the Volkswagen, Anel Sosa, 22, the driver, and Imelda Sosa Mendoza, 46, were transported to WellStar Kennestone Hospital with injuries.

The driver of the Nissan, Joseph Anthony Jr., of Mableton, did not require treatment.

According to the report, “The investigation is still ongoing and anyone with information is asked to contact Cobb County Police Department’s STEP Unit at 770-499-3987.”


The STEP Unit, which investigated this incident, is one of the department’s Special Operations units, and  is described on the web page of the Cobb County Police Department as follows:

“The Selective Traffic Enforcement Unit is responsible for investigating all fatal traffic crashes, enforcement of traffic laws in those areas which analysis indicates an elevated amount of crashes. They are also responsible for the administration and execution of the Motor Carrier Safety Assistance Program. They also take part in special security details, and investigate crashes involving Department vehicles when requested.”