Charges filed in New Year’s Day fatality

The Georgia State Patrol report includes traffic citations issued against the driver in a New Year’s Day traffic accident in Hall County that resulted in the death of two young children. Sabrina McConnell, 25, of Monroe, was driving when the 2002 Ford Mustang ran off the road and down an embankment. The citations include failure to maintain lane, tire requirements, suspended or cancelled license, a safety restraint violation and two charges of 2nd degree vehicular homicide.

McConnell and fellow passengers John Wayne Gibbs, 25, and Ashley Rose, 21, both of Monroe, were injured and transported to North East Georgia Medical Center and Ryker McConnell, 1, and Bella Rose, 4, did not survive their injuries.

According to the traffic report, McConnell was traveling east on GA 60 and negotiating a left curve when the vehicle ran off the road, overcorrected and traveled across the center line, over correcting again before rotating and running off the road, hitting a tree and down an embankment before coming to a stop on its side.


Family members and friends of the victims of the accident are employees at Amici and the restaurant is having a benefit to help the McConnell and Rose families on Friday, Jan. 6, 2017. The restaurant will be closed until 5 p.m. Friday when it will open in time for the benefit, scheduled to start at 6:30 p.m. Tyler Crews and The Funky Bluester will be performing live to help raise money for the families. Proceeds from the evenings sales at the restaurant also will go toward helping the families. At the end of the benefit, there will be a Balloon Release in front of Amici’s for Ryker and Bella.

Several GoFundMe accounts also have been set up to help the families deal with the tragedy.

GoFundMe: Family Medical Fund

GoFundMe: Annabella Faith Tangredi

GoFundMe: Help lay little Ryker to rest


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