Cobb County police released details Tuesday about two Thanksgiving week fatal crashes that happened during daylight hours.
Investigators charged Danielle Erickson, 24, with second-degree vehicular homicide in the first of the fatal incidents, which happened on Shallowford Road near the intersection with Lassiter Road. Andrew M. Halloran, 47, of Roswell, was killed in the wreck, officials said.
Halloran’s beige 2008 Kia Optima was traveling east alongside a black 2017 GMC Yukon shortly before noon on Nov. 25 while a white 2014 Chevrolet Cruze was driving in the opposite direction.
The driver of the Cruze, who police later identified as Erickson, lost control of her vehicle, crossed the center line and hit Halloran’s Optima. The impact sent the Optima into a collision with the Yukon.
Halloran was fatally injured in the crash and pronounced dead at the scene, according to Cobb police spokeswoman Officer Shenise McDonald. Neither Erickson nor the Yukon driver was injured.
Erickson had been going 60 miles per hour at the time of the crash, according to a Cobb County arrest warrant. The speed limit in the area was 45 miles per hour.
In addition to vehicular homicide, police charged Erickson with driving on the wrong side of the road and speeding. She was booked into the Cobb County Adult Detention Center on Dec. 3, and released the same day on a $5,720 bond, jail records show.
The second fatal crash happened on Thanksgiving just before 5 p.m. and resulted in the death of a 15-year-old boy, McDonald said.
According to the initial investigation, the teenager was traveling west on Hadaway Road toward the bridge over Allatoona Creek on a burgundy 2001 Yamaha scooter. His scooter hit the curb at the eastern end of the bridge rail, throwing the teen into the road.
After landing in the bridge’s eastbound lane, the boy was hit by a black 2008 BMW 328i, directing him down the road and away from the bridge. The boy was taken to Wellstar Kennestone Hospital, where he was pronounced dead, McDonald said. The driver of the 328i was not injured.
The crash remains under investigation, McDonald said. Because the teenager driving the scooter was a minor, his identity was not released.
Henri Hollis is a reporter for the breaking news team. Formerly a freelance writer and photographer working with the food and dining section, he began covering breaking news full-time in January 2021. He is a lifelong Atlantan and a graduate of Georgia Tech.