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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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