Regional Roundup: Children Drown in Backyard Pool, Dump Truck and Spreader Crash and Pet Swans Shot to Death
A look at top Patch stories from around Georgia.
Five Year Old From Grayson Drowns – Loganville-Grayson Patch
A five-year-old from Grayson was one of two young girls who drowned on Sunday in an in-ground pool at a home in Dallas. The victims were identified as Sophia Juarez, a resident of the home, and Mia Penoyer of Grayson.
Penoyer’s grandmother, 58, was home Sunday with the girls and made a phone call lasting approximately 45 minutes. According to Sgt. Bill Gorman of the Dallas Police Department, it was during this time that the girls left the house and ventured to the swimming pool. They were not swimming at the time of drowning as both girls were found fully clothed.
Juarez’s parents and 10-year-old son returned home from shopping and found the girls in the pool. The family called 911 and attempted to take the girls to the hospital in a personal vehicle. First-responders arrived three to four minutes later and met the family at the entrance to the subdivision. They were unable to revive the girls. The grandmother is set to be charged with reckless conduct, a misdemeanor. She was admitted to WellStar Paulding Hospital for evaluation.
Dump Truck, Spreader Crash Proves Fatal – Cartersville Patch
Georgia State Patrol reports that the driver of a truck spreading fertilizer was killed when he tried to avoid rear-ending a passenger car on Highway 140 in Bartow County. A Ford Mustang was apparently stopped to make a left turn into a private drive when the fertilizer truck approached from behind traveling too fast to avoid a collision.
The spreader truck driven by Douglas Leon Mathis, 65, was killed when he veered left into the eastbound lane trying to avoid the Mustang and colliding with a Mack dump truck. The dump truck hit the spreader on the passenger side. Dump truck driver Larry James Dixon, 50, was taken to the Cartersville Medical Center to be treated for injuries.
Swans Killed in Suwanee Neighborhood – Suwanee Patch
Eight pet swans were killed in the Rosemoor Lake subdivision in Suwanee. Residents reported that the birds were a mated couple with six young swans or cygnets. Police spokesman, Lt. James Flanagan, stated the cause of the birds death is under investigation but it appears the birds were shot to death.
Residents of the neighborhood claim the birds had been under attack for years.