Troopers: Sedan did not cause crash that killed Atlanta toddler

All four lanes of Interstate 75 northbound were shut down Sunday night after an SUV carrying a family of five crashed north of Charles W. Grant Parkway in Clayton County. A 2-year-old was killed, while two children and their parents were injured. A 5-month-old baby was in critical condition Sunday night. (Special Photo: FOX 5 Atlanta)

JONESBORO — Investigators have ruled out that a sedan with New York plates was to blame for a May 6 Interstate 75 crash that killed a toddler and critically injured her infant sister.

A lookout for the vehicle was issued following the crash after it appeared that a blue sedan swerved into the path of a Ford Explorer carrying an Atlanta family of five. The state Department of Public Safety said Friday that troopers identified the vehicle and have determined it did not cause the crash.

“After obtaining a video of the crash, the investigating trooper was able to identify the vehicle with the New York registration,” a spokesman with DPS said. “The vehicle did not cause the crash and stayed at the scene. After a few minutes, the vehicle did leave the scene but it was not affiliated with the crash at all.”

As of Friday, investigators cannot prove or disprove that there was another vehicle that entered the SUV’s lane, causing it to swerve and over-correct. The Explorer then went into a barrel roll and came to rest north of Charles W. Grant Parkway near the Mountain View area.

The crash happened about 6 p.m. on a Sunday night.

There were three children under the age of 5 traveling in the Explorer with their parents. The 2-year-old girl was pronounced dead at the scene. She was identified by the Georgia State Patrol as Michaela Cost.

Her sisters, a 4-year-old and a 5-month-old, were taken to Egleston Hospital for treatment of their injuries. The baby’s injuries were considered critical.

Their parents, Lanicia Cost and Michael Corbitt, ages 23 and 26, were transported to Grady Memorial Hospital with minor injuries.

Anyone with information should contact Crime Stoppers at 404-577-TIPS (8477).

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Crime and courts reporter Chelsea Prince joined the Henry Herald and Clayton News Daily in 2016. She is a graduate of Emory University.

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