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12-year-old thrown from car

By Ed Brock

A 12-year-old College Park boy suffered serious injuries after being thrown from a car in an accident on Norman Drive.

The accident occurred around 7:15 p.m. Monday when the car the boy was riding in made a left turn in front of another car, according to a Clayton County police report. Gloria Collins, 53, of College Park was driving the car and told police that the sun blinded her as she drove west on Norman Drive.

Collins was turning left into Stonebrook Apartments when 25-year-old Tamatha Matilda Murray of Atlanta in a Chevrolet Blazer hit Collins' Chevrolet Nova. Murray told police that she did not have time to brake to avoid the accident and a witness said the same thing.

The boy, whose name was not released but who is Collins' son, suffered a skull fracture, damage to his liver and spleen, a broken pelvis and bleeding on the brain after being thrown from the car. He was conscious at the scene and was taken to Hughes-Spalding Children's Hospital in Atlanta.

Collins and Murray had complaints of injuries. Collins was charged with failure to yield when turning left and driving without insurance in connection with the accident but was not arrested.