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Gainesville man, 19, killed in Candler Road wreck, at least four others injured

Update, 3 p.m. Aug. 6: Georgia State Patrol has identified more of those injured, including children, in the Aug. 1 wreck that killed a 19-year-old Gainesville resident on Candler Road in Gainesville.  

The report lists Ricardo Rodriguez’s front-seat passenger as Gabriela Maldonado, 34, who was transported to Northeast Georgia Medical Center in Gainesville. Hospital officials did not immediately provide an updated status for Maldonado. 

The three children in the truck were Axel Rodriguez, 8, Naomi Rodriguez, 6, and Leah Rodriguez, 2. Axel and Naomi Rodriguez were flown to Atlanta-area hospitals for treatment of serious injuries. Leah did not suffer any apparent injuries, according to the report. 

State Patrol Sgt. C.E. Parker did not have any further updates on the conditions of those injured. 

Rodriguez told troopers he saw Travion Cockfield’s car “approaching in an erratic manner” and that he was unable to brake or steer away from the head-on collision, according to the report. 

A Jefferson man told troopers he did not witness the crash but recognized Cockfield’s car, according to the report. The man said he had seen the car earlier on U.S. 129 in Pendergrass “driving at a high rate of speed and passing other vehicles,” according to the report. 

Previous story: A Gainesville man was killed and four others — including two children — were injured in a Saturday, Aug. 1, wreck on Candler Road, according to authorities. 

Travion Jymere Cockfield, 19, was pronounced dead at the scene on Candler Road near Candler Park Drive. 

Georgia State Patrol assistant post commander Sgt. C.E. Parker said Cockfield was driving a Ford Focus sedan northbound on Candler Road around 2:30 p.m. Saturday on a right-hand curve. The Ford Focus traveled into the southbound lane and struck a GMC Sierra pickup truck head-on, Parker said. 

The driver of the pickup truck, Ricardo Rodriguez, 36, of Gainesville, was transported for treatment of minor injuries. Rodriguez’s passenger, who has not been identified by state patrol, was transported for serious injuries. 

“Three children were in the back seat of the truck. Two of (the) children were flown to an area hospital for treatment of serious injuries,” Parker wrote in an email. Authorities say the third child was transported to the hospital by ambulance, but it is so far unclear whether they were injured.

No charges will be filed. 

Parker did not release any further names, ages or details on conditions Sunday, Aug. 2. 

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