Avondale Estates woman accused of driving under the influence, critically injuring 5-year-oldMichelle Wierson. Photo provided by the DeKalb County Sheriff's Office
Decatur Police accuse an Avondale Estates woman of driving under the influence and causing a wreck that critically injured a 5-year-old boy.
The Decatur Police Department obtained arrest warrants for Michelle Wierson, 52, of Avondale Estates. She’s accused of causing serious injury by vehicle, reckless driving, following too closely and driving under the influence.
Lt. Jennifer Ross provided additional details about the incident.
“On Thursday, September 27, 2018 at approximately 5:14 p.m., Decatur Police responded to an accident at Midway Road and South Candler Street,” she said. A 2010 Volkswagen Tiguan occupied by a single adult female driver traveling westbound on Midway Road struck a 2011 Toyota Corolla occupied by an adult male driver and 5-year-old child that was stopped at the red light on Midway Road at South Candler Street.
“The Volkswagen continued into the intersection and struck a 2007 Dodge Caliber traveling south on South Candler Street and the driver of the Volkswagen exited her vehicle and began behaving erratically, running in and out traffic. An off-duty DeKalb County police officer and an on-duty Marta police officer traveling in the area stopped to assist with the accident. The adult female driver began to assault the DeKalb County police officer and was taken into custody for battery against a police officer. The 5-year-old passenger in the Toyota that was initially struck on Midway Road was unresponsive. The Marta police officer and bystanders administered CPR to the child until medical personnel arrived. The driver and child in the Toyota were transported to an area hospital. The driver/parent was treated and released for moderate injuries. The child was admitted to the hospital in critical condition. The driver of the Volkswagen was taken into custody and transported to an area hospital for evaluation and was later transported and booked into the DeKalb County Jail for the battery charge.”
Wierson is still in jail, Ross said.
“Wierson was taken into custody on-scene yesterday for the battery against the officer,” she said. “Once she was released from the hospital, she was transported to the jail. She was served with the warrants while still in custody at the jail.”
The 5-year-old boy, who is in kindergarten at Winnona Park Elementary, is still in critical condition, Ross said.
The accident 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.