10-year-old Florida evacuee hit, killed in DeKalb

10-year-old Florida evacuee hit, killed in DeKalb

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A 10-year-old south Florida boy who came to metro Atlanta to get out of Irma's deadly path was killed early Monday in DeKalb County. (Credit: Channel 2 Action News)
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  • The boy’s mother was also injured in the crash.
  • The boy is the second Florida evacuee killed in metro Atlanta.
  • A baby from Port St. Lucie, Fla., was in her mother’s arms Saturday when a teen driver hit them in Woodstock.

A 10-year-old south Florida boy who came to metro Atlanta to get out of Irma’s devastating path died early Monday in DeKalb County, police said. 

About 1:20 a.m., the child’s mother confronted a woman during a gathering in the 400 block of Barbashela Circle near Stone Mountain, DeKalb police Lt. Lonzy Robertson said.

The boy, identified as Timothy Jones, jumped in the middle of the altercation, according to police.

Officials have not said what the altercation was about.

Brianna Robertson, 26, of Stone Mountain, “was trying to get away from a situation where she thought she was going to be harmed," police told Channel 2 Action News. “Apparently, she felt it was an unsafe place to be so she left in a vehicle."

That, officials said, is when the woman hit Timothy and his mother, who are from an area near Fort Lauderdale.

Family members took them to a hospital, where Timothy later died from his injuries.

His mother, 30-year-old Shyra Slack, was treated for a minor injury and released. 

Robertson was not injured and will not face charges in connection with the crash, which remains under investigation.

Timothy was the second Florida evacuee killed in metro Atlanta in a span of less than 36 hours.

A baby died and two women were critically injured after a teen driver hit them Saturday night in Woodstock, Cherokee County sheriff’s spokeswoman Sgt. Marianne Kelley said.

Riley Hunt, 3 months, of Port St. Lucie, Fla., was in her mother’s arms when the driver of a Jeep Patriot struck them as they crossed Arnold Mill Road near the Northside Hospital Cherokee Amphitheater, according to the sheriff’s office. 

“They were evacuees from Florida here staying with family and friends,” Kelley told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Monday.

Riley and her mother, 28-year-old Kaitlyn Hunt, were taken to a local hospital. Riley died later Saturday. Kaitlyn Hunt was in critical condition with “many broken bones and internal injuries,” Kelley said.

Another woman, 61-year-old Kathy Deming of Marietta, was hit and taken to the hospital in critical condition, according to the sheriff’s office.

No charges have been filed in connection with that deadly crash.

Irma was downgraded Monday from a Category 1 hurricane to a tropical storm, but still had winds near hurricane force, according to The Associated Press.

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