Barnes’ Daughter, Grandchildren Injured In Crash. (UPDATED)

UPDATED by Charlie: The AJC is reporting that the teen driver of the other car has died. Our prayers go out to his family and friends.

Say a prayer for former Governor Barnes’ daughter and grandchildren. They were hit buy a teen driver speeding in a Porsche.

Barnes’ daughter, Allison Barnes Salter, of Marietta, was driving the Odyssey northbound on Old Mountain Road, near Greymont Circle, police said.

The Porsche crossed into the northbound lanes while attempting to negotiate a curve to the right, Hernandez said. The posted speed limit on the road is 30 mph, but investigators believe Zuniga was traveling faster.

Zuniga, of Kennesaw, had to be extricated from the vehicle before being transported to Atlanta Medical Center, Hernandez said. A 16-year-old passenger, whose name was not released, was transported to WellStar Kennestone Hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries, he said.

Salter, 35, was also taken to Kennestone and two daughters, ages 7 and 4, were transported to Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Scottish Rite, police said. None of their injuries were believed to be life-threatening. Salter was released from the hospital Sunday evening and the girls were expected to stay overnight.


    • Steve says:

      There should be a law…

      “For the children”, Chris? No, liberty and freedom demand zero regulation or limits on behavior at any time… only penalties after the fact when things go wrong. Besides, I’m pretty sure this wouldn’t have happened at all if it had been a private toll road, as ALL roads should be!

      Seriously though, best wishes for everyone involved, and it’s good to hear that none of the injuries were life-threatening.

        • Lady Thinker says:

          Maybe sports cars driven by teens should have a speed governor installed as well as software sold by Radio Shack that records the times and speeds driven by the teen. There is a version that will send the information to the parent’s computer and/or cell phone.

          There is also software that will disable a teen’s cell phone, again at Radio Shack (I think). Just some things parents can do to keep their kids safe. This death is a tragedy indeed.

  1. fishtail says:

    We might also feel sympathy for the insurance company that had the policy on the Porsche driver. Bad enough that the kid caused a serious wreck, but also the ill fortune to hit a trial lawyer.

    • John Konop says:

      I have a 16 year old boy and a 9 year old girl and tonight I will give them both hogs, tell them I love them and especially make sure my 16 year old understands the responsibility that comes with privilege of driving.

      And my family will say a prayer tonight for all involved.

      • macho says:

        It’s hard, not matter how much you tell your kids sometimes it doesn’t sink through. When I teleport myself back to when I was 17, and think about all the incredibly stupid things I did behind the wheel of a car, I realize there was a perception of invincibility in my mind that has now been replaced by fear.

        As a teenager, you also have no idea the heartbreak you would cause your parents if something did happen to you. I suppose the part of the brain that has empathy doesn’t mature until your mid to late 20s.

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