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Owner charged after runaway car strikes children

One child remains at hospital

POSTED: July 29, 2014 1:01 a.m.

Hall County Fire Services personnel rush a child to a waiting helicopter Sunday in the cemetery area of Rock Hill Congregational Holiness Church on Price Road.

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The owner of the rolling car that injured four children Sunday has been charged, and three of the children have been released from the hospital.

Sebastian Rangeo, 5, was listed in “good” condition by Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston officials Monday afternoon. He and Julian Rangeo, 8, were flown there Sunday.

Taken by ambulance to Northeast Georgia Medical Center, Emilee Guerra, 1, was later discharged and Savannah Brown, 1, was transferred to Children’s Healthcare.

The car’s owner, Oleksandra Y. Myrna, 32, will be charged with four counts of reckless conduct. She has been booked into the Hall County Jail, according to officials.

The charges stem from the owner not applying the emergency brake, Georgia State Patrol Trooper Brodie Forrester said.

Attempts to reach the Brown family and Myrna at their homes were unsuccessful.

The four children were hurt when a 1988 Acura Legend parked in a carport on Price Way off Sardis and Price roads, came out of gear and rolled backward, according to the state patrol.

The vehicle then struck the children, who were playing in a neighbor’s yard, Forrester said.

A spokeswoman at the Atlanta office of the patrol said the children were sitting in the yard under a tree.

“They’re all neighbors to each other,” Forrester said. “I think two of them are brothers.”

After the scene had cleared of medical responders, the Acura was towed from the house.

The state patrol’s specialized collision reconstruction team “will go back and do a vehicle inspection and see if there were any mechanical issues regarding the brakes, the gears or anything ... that would cause the car to jump out of gear,” Forrester said Sunday.

Forrester said he could not comment Monday on the investigation concerning the vehicle.


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