Woman killed, 3-year-old hospitalized after crash near Cobb child care center

The child sustained non-life-threatening injuries in the crash.
The child sustained non-life-threatening injuries in the crash.

A driver was killed and a 3-year-old girl was taken to a hospital Monday evening after their car was involved in a crash just yards away from a child care center.

Ellen J. Shoulders, 54, was pronounced dead at Wellstar Kennestone Hospital after the wreck, according to Cobb County police spokeswoman Shenise McDonald. The 3-year-old was taken to Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Scottish Rite with non-life-threatening injuries, McDonald said.

Shoulders and the child were in a silver 2009 Chrysler PT Cruiser at Madalyn’s House child care center in the 3800 block of Powder Springs Road about 4 p.m.

Investigators said the PT Cruiser was attempting to make a left turn out of the location’s driveway when it entered the path of a black 2015 Chevrolet Camaro. The Camaro smashed into the front left side of the PT Cruiser, McDonald said. The impact sent the Camaro sliding back into the road, where it hit a red 2013 Kia Optima.

The Camaro’s driver, 20-year-old David F. Exume of Powder Springs, did not require medical attention after the crash. The driver of the Optima, 49-year-old Caritina Valladares of Powder Springs, was taken to Wellstar Cobb Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

The child attended Madalyn’s. The childcare center told AJC.com that it hasn’t made a statement out of respect for the family.

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