In recent months around metro Atlanta, police departments have reported an increase in drivers illegally drag racing on city streets and highways.
A state senator has now filed a bill targeting such reckless driving following the death of an innocent mother in DeKalb County.
Jaye Mia Sanford’s family said she died in November leaving behind her two children and husband.
“A few blocks from her home, trying to get home on a Saturday evening,” said Bobbie Sanford while discussing the crash that killed her daughter-in-law, who she calls her daughter-in-love.
The crash happened along Columbia Drive on Nov. 21. Sanford was driving when a DeKalb County Police report shows a car crossed into her lane and hit her car head-on. Her family claims it was a case of illegal street racing.
The report states Darius Maurice Hines of Clayton County was driving the vehicle that struck Sanford’s car. Also in the report, a witness is described as stating seeing a silver Dodge Challenger and white vehicle racing, then the Challenger crossed from the northbound lanes into the southbound lanes, where it struck Sanford’s car.
As the investigation continues, Sanford’s family wants to make sure other families don’t suffer a similar loss.
“I think we’ve lost too many lives and we have endured too many injuries from people that are just carelessly driving and not looking out for the interest of others,” Bobbie Sanford said.
“The outcome is what you see in Senate Bill 10,” State Senator Emmanuel Jones said when describing writing the bill in memory of Sanford.
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