Woman charged with homicide after deadly MARTA bus stop crash

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Channel 2's Mike Petchenik reports.

Homicide charges are pending against a motorist who crashed into a north Fulton County MARTA bus stop, striking three people and killing two, police said Wednesday.

Teresa Rains Fitzsimons swerved to avoid hitting the back of a MARTA bus, jumped the curb and plowed through the stop on the southbound side of Alpharetta Highway on March 17, police said.

The Marietta woman sent three people flying through the air like bowling pins, one witness said.

Curtis Freeman, a 55-year-old man who was just about to get on the bus, died at the scene of the accident, and Larsharon Torrell Clark died later at a local hospital.

Elfego M. Solano-Vazquez, who works at Adele’s on Canton, survived the crash.

Chef Marc Wegman, Solano’s boss at the Roswell restaurant, told Channel 2 Action News Solano is still in the hospital, recovering from his injuries.

“El Fuego is doing much, much better,” Wegman said. “He’s sitting up and he is walking with a walker, kind of learning how to walk again basically.”

Roswell police said Fitzsimons was heading southbound, when she passed through the intersection at Woodstock Street and changed lanes. That’s when she saw the MARTA bus stopping to pick up passengers, police said.

She swerved to avoid hitting the back of the bus, drove onto the sidewalk and struck three people. The car stopped after hitting a telephone pole.

In addition to two counts of homicide by vehicle, Fitzsimons faces a second degree charge of failure to use care to avoid a collision, failure to maintain lane and improper lane change.

A judge issued a $15,000 bond.