Second girl dies after Cobb hit-and-run, new charges against suspects

A second teen girl has died following a hit-and-run earlier this week in Cobb County.

Juliana Ferrell died Friday afternoon about 2 p.m., the family’s pastor told Channel 2 Action News.

After Cobb County police were notified of Juliana’s death, investigators obtained an additional first degree vehicular homicide warrant for each driver involved, police spokesman Mike Bowman said.

Juliana was one of three girls walking on a sidewalk along Barrett Lakes Boulevard Sunday, when a car jumped the curb and plowed into teenagers. Reina As-Salaam, 15, of East Point, died at the scene.

Juliana was transported by ambulance to Wellstar Kennestone Hospital with life-threatening injuries, and the third teen, Monica Epps was transported to Kennestone with non-life-threatening injuries, including broken bones, a family member told Channel 2 Action News Monday.

Tansu Kanlica, 27, of Atlanta was arrested Sunday, not long after police say he lost control of his car, and the vehicle struck the girls. Investigators believe Kanlica was chasing Garrett Anderson, 23, of Kennesaw, at the time of the collision.

According to arrest warrants, Kanlica was working as a locksmith when a customer drove away without paying him $175, prompting Kanlica to chase the other man’s vehicle.

After allegedly striking the three pedestrians, Kanlica, 27, of Atlanta, left the scene of the wreck, according to police. He was located several miles away at I-75 and Canton Road, where he was arrested.

Kanlica and Anderson were arrested on charges of homicide by vehicle in the first degree, two counts of serious injury by vehicle, and reckless driving. Kanlica also faces charges of hit and run resulting in serious injury and failure to maintain lane. Both men are being held without bond, according to Cob County jail records.