“It sounded like a bomb went off when she hit me,” David told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution two days after the crash. “I felt it hit so hard, it threw me forward.”
A witness told troopers Walker appeared to speed up before striking the tractor-trailer. Investigators do not believe alcohol or drugs were a factor in the crash.
Walker was a staff member with InCommunity, a nonprofit organization based in Atlanta that supports adults with developmental disabilities and their families. She was taking a group of program participants home from the organization’s day center off Buffington Road. Sanders was a program participant.
It was a daily trip for Walker, who worked as a direct care provider helping with the activities of daily living and transportation to and from the center. Her passengers, all of whom are either intellectually or physically disabled, were on their way back home to their families or to group homes.
The funeral for Walker will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Liberty Baptist Church in Atlanta, according to her online obituary. She is survived by a son, mother, brother and several other relatives.
Visitation for Sanders will be held from noon to 9 p.m. Friday at Gus Thornhill’s Funeral Home in East Point. The funeral will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday at Center Hill Baptist Church in Atlanta.