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UPDATE: Passenger in deadly police chase was a former National Guard member, mother says

A former member of the National Guard was killed early Sunday when she was ejected from a vehicle during a chase involving Atlanta police and the Georgia State Patrol.

About 2 a.m., the officer tried to conduct a traffic stop on the southbound Downtown Connector at 17th Street, GSP spokeswoman Franka Young said. The 2010 Nissan Altima refused to stop, and a pursuit ensued. The officer requested assistance from the GSP.

The vehicle exited at Fulton Street and re-entered the interstate at Fulton Street traveling north. The vehicle exited on North Druid Hills Road north, where there was a curve, according to the GSP.

The driver lost control of the vehicle, which “went through the guardrail and over into an embankment, ejecting one passenger from the vehicle,” Young said. “The ejected passenger was pronounced dead on the scene.”

Jazmin Jeanty, 25, of Riverdale, was identified as the passenger, the GSP said. Jeanty was a member of the National Guard before a medical issue forced her to leave, her mother told Channel 2 Action News.

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The driver, Jaron Hester, 30, of Tifton, and another passenger, Alivia Stiggers, 26, of Union City, were taken to Grady Memorial Hospital. Their conditions were not known Tuesday.

The GSP will conduct an investigation of the incident. 

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