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Driver thrown from vehicle, killed on I-285

By Ed Brock

A 40-year-old Austell woman was thrown from her SUV and into the oncoming lanes of I-285 during an accident Monday.

She was killed after hitting a passing pickup truck while still in mid-air, Clayton County police spokesman Capt. Jeff Turner said.

Late Monday afternoon Turner said police were still not releasing the woman's name pending notification of her family.

The accident occurred around 1:40 p.m. as the woman was driving her Lexus SUV east on I-285 near Loop Road. Witnesses told police she was traveling at a high rate of speed.

"The driver of a Mazda 626 apparently saw something in the roadway when she suddenly crossed into the SUV's lane," Turner said.

The woman who was killed then hit the median wall and was thrown from the vehicle when the Lexus began to flip. She was not wearing a seatbelt.

The woman's body was thrown several yards into the westbound lanes where she hit a Ford Ranger before hitting the ground. She received a fatal head injury during the accident.

Turner said no charges had been filed in the accident as of Monday evening. Traffic on both sides of the interstate was partially blocked and diverted until after 5 p.m.