Regional Roundup: Baby Orphaned in Fatal Crash, Deadly House Fire in Auburn Under Investigation, and Apologetic Robber Escapes
A look at top headlines from Patch sites around Georgia.
Couple in Fatal Crash Identified – Canton-Sixes Patch
The couple killed in a Feb. 5 accident on Knox Bridge Highway have been identified as Rick Dean Headen, 48, of Sour Lake, Texas and Charlotte Ann Sedtal, 40, also of Sour Lake. The couple were the parents of a 2-month-old infant that sustained a broken leg and brain injury in the accident.
Headen, Sedtal and their baby boy were "apparently just passing through, on their way to another state," when their Ford Focus, which was headed eastbound, crossed the center line and struck a red Dodge pickup truck that was headed westbound.
Headen and Sedtal died at the scene.
The baby, who has not been identified, remains at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta at Scottish Rite, which is in Sandy Springs.
Deadly House Fire Kills Woman, Injures Man --Dacula Patch
Gwinnett County Fire investigators are attempting to determine the cause of a deadly house fire that claimed the life of one person and injured another.
Crews were dispatched to the 1900 block of Flowery Branch Road in Auburn just before 8 p.m. Saturday evening. Firefighters arrived seven minutes later to find a two-story Cape Cod style home fully engulfed in flames according to Gwinnett County Fire and Emergency Services public information officer Lt. Eric Eberly.
Firefighters found an adult male in the front hallway and removed him to safety. A female victim was found motionless in a front bedroom. Firefighters removed the victim from the house only to realize she was already deceased.
The male victim was transported to Gwinnett Medical in Lawrenceville. No firefighters were injured.
The exact cause of death of the female victim remains under investigation. The cause of the fire is also undetermined.
Robber Shook Hands, Apologized – Cartersville Patch
Two teens—reported to police because they were driving around a Cartersville neighborhood, making frequent stops in driveways, and walking through the woods with flashlights—said they were trying to find a man who had pointed a gun at them and demanded money.
Citing adrenaline, the 17- and 19-year-old men said they did not call 911 after the robber, to whom they provided a ride, asked their names, shook their hands and apologized before putting a gun to one's head and pointing it at the other before demanding money.
A pair of oncoming headlights and one of the teens' remark, "Look, there's the cops," sent the armed robber fleeing into nearby woods. The teens, who said they had no money to give the gunman, pursued the man in the area of Greystone Lane, both on foot and by car, but lost sight of him.