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Officials mum on details of wreck, toddler's death

Posted: May 3, 2013 - 4:31pm  |  Updated: May 3, 2013 - 4:35pm
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Columbia County Sheriff's Office personnel investigate an Appling wreck Thursday that killed an Augusta toddler.   Photo By Jim Blaylock
Photo By Jim Blaylock
Columbia County Sheriff's Office personnel investigate an Appling wreck Thursday that killed an Augusta toddler.


Columbia County authorities are withholding details about a Thursday car crash in which an Augusta toddler was found dead and her mother was seriously injured.

Sky Allen, 2, was pronounced dead at the scene of the wreck on Ray Owens Road in Appling, in front of North Columbia Elementary School. Her mother, Marina Middlebrooks, 27, of Norton Boulevard, was airlifted to Georgia Regents Medical Center, where Columbia County sheriff’s Capt. Steve Morris described her condition as “stable.”

Columbia County Coroner Vernon Collins would not disclose the results of an autopsy performed on Sky at the Georgia Bureau of Investigation Crime Lab in Atlanta Friday. He would not provide the cause and manner of death.

Morris said investigators have received the preliminary autopsy results, but he would not confirm if Sky died as a result of the wreck.

“It’s a pending investigation,” Morris said. “No more details will be released at this time because this is a pending death investigation. ... I will not discuss the details of the investigation.”

At about 4:20 p.m. Thursday, the Honda CRV that Middlebrooks was driving north on Ray Owens Road drifted across opposite lane and off the road, Morris said. The sport utility vehicle hit a tree, Morris said. No other vehicles were involved.

The toddler was not restrained in the front seat at the time of the wreck, Collins said. Morris said he did not know if Middlebrooks was wearing a safety belt.

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Perhaps the authorities are

Perhaps the authorities are withholding the details because it's a pending investigation, or they have some proofs that would incriminate the mother, whose situation still is critical. People should be more careful when they drive. Those who want to use their cars in a beneficial way should take a look on and learn how a car can be used for business purposes.

Paul Ricca

It was a horrible accident,

It was a horrible accident, such incidents do make it clear to all that following road safety rules is essential. However, any kind of mishap could take place any time, so make sure that you are prepared to deal with such situations. If you have a car then you should get free auto insurance quote from insurance companies and buy the best auto insurance policy to keep your investment safe.

Paul Ricca

It is undoubtedly a shocking

It is undoubtedly a shocking incident and now the police has to investigate the matter properly. One should drive cars safely on the road and while choosing transportation service provider, priority should be given to the most reputed name in the field. For example, if you need a vehicle shipping company, you should choose



I have already read this information from the newspaper. I am so sad to hear about this issue and it should be considered as a warning to others. I hope you could understand what I said. Thank you for sharing this post!
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Andrew Cowan

They have to start

They have to start investigation to find out the real reason behind this tragic accident. However, while driving one should follow all the rules to ensure safety especially when someone drives a big vehicle like a RV. Just get the right RV accessories and parts to make sure that the RV is safe and comfortable for the trip.

Robert Harris

They are conducting the

They are conducting the investigation, so now they can not make any statements regarding this incident. However, they have to find out the real cause of the accident fast. The death of the toddler is indeed very sad, now the family will have to contact a good Virginia cremation services provider to perform the last rituals with respect.


Maybe they wait for the

Maybe they wait for the mother's recovery to make public the accident's details, after all she was driving the car. The toddler's death it's a real tragedy. As for the car, it can be repaired using ductile iron castings. It looks quite damaged, but a skilled mechanic will make it look as if it was brand new.


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