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Newborn dies after mother injured in Athens collision

By Joe Johnson

A newborn child has died at a local hospital, two days after the mother was injured in a two-vehicle collision in Athens.

The crash reportedly happened at about 5:50 p.m. Thursday, when a 1996 Ford Ranger in which 41-year-old Helen Edwards of Canon was a passenger crashed into an Amazon delivery van that turned into its path on Danielsville Road near Mission Drive.

Edwards was pregnant and was transported to the hospital where her child was delivered and placed into intensive care, according to the Athens-Clarke County Police Department, which was notified on Saturday that the infant had died.

The driver of the Amazon truck, Munjae Whatley, 24, of Lawrenceville had minor injuries, as did the Ranger's driver, 46-year-old Jerry Miller of Canon.

Because the child died, police said the case is being investigated as a vehicular homicide.

ACCPD asked for anyone with information about the incident to contact Senior Police Officer Tilley at Dustin.Tilley@accgov.com or 762-400-7355.

The incident involved the first traffic fatality in Athens-Clarke County in 2024.


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