Police ID Riverdale woman struck, killed while pushing baby stroller

The woman was able to push the stroller out of the way before being hit by the SUV, saving her baby.
The woman was able to push the stroller out of the way before being hit by the SUV, saving her baby.

A woman pushing her baby across a busy Clayton County road was struck by an SUV and killed Tuesday morning, authorities said.

Rukayat Ronke Subiar, 36, of Riverdale, was crossing Garden Walk Boulevard near Garden Ridge Drive when she was hit by a 2004 Ford Explorer just before 7 a.m.

The woman was able to push the stroller out of the way before being hit by the SUV, saving her daughter, a spokesman for the Clayton County Sheriff’s Office said.

The child was taken to a hospital for evaluation but was not injured, authorities said.

While attempting to avoid the woman and her baby, the driver of the SUV swerved and slammed into a police car and a school bus full of elementary students, according to the Georgia State Patrol.

Paramedics evaluated the students at the scene, but no injuries were reported, said Ronald Jones-Shields, spokesman for the Clayton County School District.

The bus was taking the students to Martin Luther King Elementary at the time.

“Due to the low visibility and the time of the morning the accident took place, our initial belief is that no students on board the bus witnessed the fatality,” Jones-Shields said. “However, the district did provide grief counselors at the school as a precaution.”

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Witnesses at the scene told police the driver of the SUV wasn’t speeding, driving recklessly or violating any traffic laws at the time of the crash. As a result, no charges have been filed in the case, GSP spokeswoman Lt. Stephanie Stallings said.

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