5 Georgia family members, 2 children, killed in crash: AL cops


Five members of a family, including two children, were killed in a Nov. 18 crash, Alabama State Police said.

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Five members of a Georgia family were killed in a crash in Alabama, police and news outlets said.

Montgomery officers said the collision happened around 12:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 18, when a 2021 Toyota Corolla hit an 18-wheeler after exiting onto Interstate 65 North going the wrong way.

The driver of the Toyota, 49-year-old Maria Baltazar, died at the scene, according to a Nov. 18 news release from the police department.

Son of Balthazar daughter-in-law and two of her grandchildren were also killed in the crash, the Associated Press and Montgomery Adviser reported. Police said Veronica Gonzalez, 28; Hosea Lopez, 27; Christian Lopez Gonzalez, 10; and Edwardo Lopez Gonzalez, 4, were also pronounced dead at the scene.

The family was from Cairo, about 230 miles south of Atlanta.

Police said the investigation is ongoing.

Moira Ritter covers the news in real time for McClatchy. She graduated from Georgetown University, where she studied management, journalism and German. She previously reported for CNN Business.

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