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Women die in fiery crash

By Ed Brock

A Riverdale woman and her passenger died in a fiery crash after their car broke down on Interstate 75.

Tina Marie Robinson, 22, of Flat Shoals Road and 20-year-old Katherine Hill-Jones of College Park were traveling north on Interstate 75 when their vehicle came to a stop near the median wall at about 9:56 p.m. Monday, according to Clayton County Police Department Investigator Joe Eckler. Robinson's 1995 Mercury Mystique was straddling the median and the inside lane when Timothy Allen Keltch, 35, of Tennessee ran into it in his Toyota Tundra pickup truck.

Robinson's car burst into flames and both women were killed on impact. Keltch, who was on his way back from a vacation in Florida with his family, said he didn't see the car until it was too late to brake.

The stopped car did not have lights, according to Eckler's report. Robinson's mother told police that her daughter had said the vehicle was "giving her trouble" and had called her when they broke down on the interstate.

After hitting the Mystique, Keltch's truck hit a third vehicle, rolled over and came to rest upright. The third vehicle hit the median wall.

Keltch and the four passengers in his truck, a 34-year-old woman and three girls ages 8, 10 and 14, suffered injuries as did the driver of the third vehicle, Linda Jo Louko, 54, of Iowa City, Iowa, and her two passengers. They were taken to Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta.

Clayton County Police Department Capt. Jeff Turner said there will not be any charges filed.