Mother accused in fatal crash of racing with her infant inside

12:00 AM, May 11, 2013   |    comments
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  • 7-month old baby, Hunter, killed in car wreck on I-20.
  • Investigators claim Alaasen Anderson was behind the wheel, a claim she disputes.

CONYERS, Ga. -- A 22-year old mother is accused of racing another vehicle down Interstate 20 with her seven month old son inside. Troopers say Kyrie Alassen Anderson lost control, hitting a guard rail and a pickup truck, killing her son.

The accident also killed 19-year-old Edi Rodriguez. Anderson's father, Chris, says the two had taken Hunter to visit some friends, leaving her three year old son Blake with a babysitter.

While on Interstate 20, the Georgia State Patrol says Anderson started to race another vehicle. She lost control near the Newton and Rockdale county lines, hitting the guard rail before veering back into traffic and slamming into a pick up truck.

"One mistake, a mechanical failure, a tire problem, a tire blow out, anything can happen," said Sergeant Jeff Puckett.

Anderson talked with 11Alive from her ICU room, insisting no one was racing.

She says Rodriguez was the one driving her 1994 Honda Accord, as they followed some friends down the interstate. She says a vehicle got too close, setting off the deadly chain of events.

Anderson says after the wreck, Rodriguez left the car to check on Hunter. That's when he was hit and killed by a passing car.

The two people inside the pickup truck, a 2005 Chevrolet Silverado, were 34-year old Jody Shane Richardson of Bowdon and 48-year old Terry Lee Chaney of Carrollton. Both were treated and released.

Investigators have yet to give a vehicle description of the one they believe Anderson was racing, or say if they've talked with the driver.

Anderson says one things for sure, investigators have not talked with her.

Along with multiple fractures, damage to her right arm, and facial injuries, Anderson says you can add "heart broken" to the list.

A fund has been set up to help pay for funeral expenses. Those wishing to donate can do so at any Wells Fargo Bank, under the Hunter Anderson Memorial Fund.

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