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UPDATE: Crash closes South Candler Street, critically injures Winnona Park student

Crime and public safety Decatur

UPDATE: Crash closes South Candler Street, critically injures Winnona Park student

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Update: The driver in this incident is now accused of driving under the influence. For the most recent developments, click here

Here is our earlier story …

South Candler Street is the scene of another vehicle crash and it has resulted in a serious injury to a Winnona Park student.

The driver accused of causing the crash was also taken into custody, police said. The crash resulted in the closure of South Candler Street between Brower Street and Kirk Road.

Lt. Jennifer Ross said a vehicle was stopped facing west at the red light on Midway Road at South Candler Street. Another vehicle was traveling westbound on Midway Road behind that vehicle and rear-ended it, then continued traveling through the intersection and hit another vehicle traveling south on South Candler Street.

The driver left her vehicle and “began behaving erratically, running in and out of traffic.” A witness told Decaturish the woman was singing.

An off-duty DeKalb County Police Officer and an on-duty MARTA Police officer happened to be traveling on South Candler Street at the time and stopped to lend a hand. The driver who allegedly caused the crash began to assault the DeKalb County officer and she was taken into custody.

Lt. Jennifer Ross said a young boy, who is 5 years old, was in the vehicle that was rear-ended and was unresponsive following the collision.

“The MARTA police officer and bystanders administered CPR to the injured child until medical personnel arrived,” Ross said. “The injured child and their parent were transported to an area hospital. The parent was treated and released for moderate injuries. The child is in critical condition.”

The driver who allegedly caused the crash was sent to a hospital for an evaluation. The investigation continues.

A neighbor of the boy who was injured, Emily Howard, said the boy is in Kindergarten at Winnona Park Elementary.

Decaturish is working to obtain more information about this situation and will update this story when more information becomes available.

The collision is the second to occur at South Candler this week. The first happened on Tuesday when a red car reportedly slammed into the back of a mail truck that had stopped on the road. The driver of the car was cited for following too closely. Calm Candler, a group that advocates for safety on the road, urged city officials to take action to make the road safer.