Child killed in collision on I-75 at Wade Green

Cobb County Police car in article about collisions I-75 and Windy Hill RoadCobb County police car (photo by Larry Felton Johnson)

According to a report from the Cobb County Police Department’s Specialized Traffic Enforcement Program (STEP) Unit, a fatal vehicle collision occurred on I-75 South at Wade Green Road, resulting in the death of a 14-month-old child.

At around 2:08 a.m. this morning, officers report that a gray 2016 Toyota Corolla driven by Vireshwar Kumar, 30, of West Lafayette, Indiana, was headed south in the right lane when the vehicle left its lane and veered off the right side of the road. The car went down a grassy embankment and hit a concrete bridge pier at the Wade Green overpass.

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Kumar and a female passenger were taken by ambulance to Kennestone Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

The child, who was in the rear seat was critically injured. The child was transported to Kennestone as well where he was pronounced dead.

According to the public information release, “Investigators suspect driver fatigue to be a contributing factor in this collision. The investigation is ongoing, and anyone with information is asked to contact the Cobb County Police Department’s STEP Unit at 770-499-3987.”

STEP Unit

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.”

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Larry Felton Johnson
Larry Felton Johnson is the editor and publisher of the Cobb County Courier. He holds a degree in journalism from Georgia State University and enjoys exploring the county's trail and greenway network when he isn't covering county government meetings and court proceedings.

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