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Elderly Woman Killed in Multi-Vehicle Smash-Up

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A 79-year-old woman from Atlanta died on Sunday afternoon after an accident involving a stolen pickup truck.

The young driver is now facing murder charges.

The crash happened at the intersection of Chamblee Tucker Road and Buford Highway.

Georgia State Patrol spokeswoman Lt. Stephanie Stallings identified the victim as Judith Schonbak and the driver as 20-year-old Jonathan A. Sanchez of Tucker.

Investigators revealed that Sanchez stole a Ford-150 from the parking lot of a business on Buford Highway around 3 p.m. A boy was inside the vehicle and the engine had been left running while the driver went inside the business.

Stallings said when Sanchez tried to leave with the pickup truck, he hit two parked cars. At some point, he took the boy from the vehicle and drove off. The child, whose age was not released, was unhurt.

The authorities said Sanchez drove north on the highway and ran a red light at the intersection of Chamblee Tucker Road and Buford Highway.

Stallings said the F-150 rear-ended Schonbak’s 2010 Honda Civic, which had the right-of-way. The impact of the crash led to a series of collision involving four other vehicles.

Schonback died but no other major injuries were reported.

Meanwhile, Sanchez fled the scene but was he was located an hour later and arrested.

Along with murder, Sanchez faces charges of first-degree vehicular homicide, felony hit-and-run, speeding, and failure to obey traffic control devices.

Stallings said investigators also plan to charge the driver with kidnapping, cruelty to children, and theft by taking.

If you lost a loved one in a car crash, a Georgia car accident lawyer can help you to get compensation. You may be entitled to a range of damages.


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