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Rolling car's owner plans to fight charges, attorney says

Her child was playing with injured kids

POSTED: July 30, 2014 8:16 p.m.

The owner of the rolling car that injured four children Sunday has retained an attorney, who said Wednesday evening the owner “intends to fight the charges to the fullest extent allowed by the law.”

Oleksandra Y. Myrna, 32, has sought the legal services of Doug Henry, who expressed Myrna’s distraught nature after the incident.

“Ms. Myrna is very upset about the injuries to the children that were injured on Sunday afternoon, but she strongly believes the accident was completely accidental and she feels that the criminal charges brought against her are unjustified,” Henry said.

Around 6:30 p.m. Monday, Myrna turned herself in to Hall County Jail and posted a $4,000 bond just after midnight. She is charged with four counts of reckless conduct, due to the lack of an applied emergency brake, said Georgia State Patrol Trooper Brodie Forrester.

Her child, referred to as Miri, was also playing with the children under the tree before the vehicle rolled out of her Price Way carport. Miri was not injured.

“Because the children were sort of scattered around, her child was several feet away from where the children were who got injured,” Henry said.

Two of the children, Sebastian Rangeo, 5, and Julian Rangeo, 8, were airlifted to Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston in stable condition. Ambulances took two more children, Emilee Guerra, 1, and Savannah Brown, 1, to Northeast Georgia Medical Center. Brown is believed to be receiving medical treatment for a back injury, said Forrester on Tuesday evening.

“Three of the children have been released. The fourth, from my understanding, is still receiving medical treatment,” Forrester said. “I think she’s got a fracture in one of her vertebrae.”

Myrna got in her vehicle Sunday afternoon to get soda and other beverages from the store when she realized she didn’t have the keys, Henry said. After she went inside, the car rolled.

“She doesn’t know what happened to those operating systems — it’s a stick shift — or the parking brake for it to be released and allow it to roll,” Henry said.

Myrna’s car and brakes are being inspected as part of an ongoing state patrol investigation.

“We’re trying to get it to an independent, certified mechanic to take a look at the brakes, the emergency brake and see if it even works, much less if it was engaged at the time of the accident,” Forrester has said.


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