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Police unsure how woman fell out of car in fatal Athens wreck

Police said the woman fell out of her open door before the car actually crashed.

ATHENS, Ga. -- Athens-Clarke County investigators are still piecing together exactly how an accident that left one woman dead even happened.

The accident ended with 23-year-old Quatilia Wilson following out of the open door of her car into the path of another but details beyond that are still limited.

The accident happened on Thursday around 2 p.m. on Ga. 10 Outer Loop near Mitchell Bridge Road. According to preliminary findings, Wilson's Nissan Altima was in the left southbound lane. Slightly behind her was a Kia Sedona in the right lane.

A police spokesperson, Epifanio Rodriguez, said that Wilson made a sudden lane change near the Mitchell Bridge Road overpass and continued across the right-hand shoulder into a guardrail. The car then came back across into the path of the Sedona striking the rear driver's side quarter panel.

At some point during the crash, Wilson fell out and was hit by the other car. But it was evident at the scene that she fell out of her car before hitting the guardrail or the other vehicle.

So police are still unsure what caused her to leave her car. Rodriguez said that it's unclear if she was wearing her seatbelt and somehow came out since the belt didn't activate until the actual crash.

He said an autopsy is also scheduled to determine if the crash was related to a medical emergency. Charges aren't expected in the death but Rodriguez cautioned that the investigation isn't over, so they haven't officially been ruled out.

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