“The family respectfully asks for their privacy as they grieve during this very difficult time,” Dixson said in a statement.
Fans quickly made “Minnie” the top trending subject in Atlanta on Twitter.
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Ross’ publicist described the crash as a hit-and-run, but police indicated Ross lost control of her vehicle and crossed into oncoming traffic.
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According to South Fulton police, Ross’ Nissan Sentra hit a curb along Old National Highway near the intersection of Lantern Lane. She lost control, crossed into the northbound lanes and hit a Ford Focus head-on, police spokesman Lt. Derrick Rogers said.
Ross was taken to a hospital with serious injuries after the crash. The driver of the Ford sustained only minor injuries, Rogers said.
He did not release any other details, citing an ongoing investigation.
A viewing is scheduled for Friday, May 8, at Olivet Baptist Church in Chattanooga. A memorial for Ross on Saturday, May 9, will be closed to the public but will be streamed live online at msminniemedia.com.
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