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Fatal Gordon Crash Kills Cartersville Women, Infant

The Georgia State Patrol reports the Christmas Day accident also sent two other Cartersville women to the hospital with injuries.

UPDATED 7:15 p.m.: Names listed in a news release have been corrected to match funeral home information. 

Two Cartersville women and a 27-day-old infant were killed in a Christmas Day traffic accident that also injured four other people, according to a news release from the Georgia State Patrol (GSP).

The crash occurred Tuesday at 5:47 p.m. on Georgia Highway 53 near Mauldin in Gordon County.

The crash killed April Nacoale Winters and two passengers in her vehicle – Tanika Latrice Ackies, 21, of Cartersville, and 27-day-old Niyla Raine Ackies, also of Cartersville.

A 1996 Ford Bronco being driven by Brent Leighton Lynch, age 35, from Calhoun was eastbound on Georgia 53 when the vehicle ran off the road on the right side, re-entered the roadway and struck a 2006 Kia Spectra head-on, according to the GSP. The Kia was being driven by April Nacoale Winters, age 40, from Cartersville.

Alexis Gardner, 20, and Ratanza Winters, 20, both of Cartersville and passengers in the Kia, were injured in the crash and taken to Erlanger Hospital in Chattanooga, TN, for treatment.

Brent Lynch and a passenger in his vehicle, Crystal Lynch, 35, of Calhoun, also were injured and taken to Erlanger.

The crash is under investigation by GSP Calhoun and the Specialized Collision Reconstruction Team. Charges against Lynch are pending at this time, according to the GSP.

Arrangements for Tanika Ackies and Niyla Ackies were incomplete at Parnick Jnnings Funeral Home.

Debi December 26, 2012 at 11:14 PM
Prayers for the families,,so very tragic,and and I'm sorry for their loss.
steve December 26, 2012 at 11:45 PM
Horrible horrible. Someone out enjoying cmas and out of nowere someone struck them. Sad sad sad.
kikis mama December 27, 2012 at 03:42 AM
Thanks debi I worked with taneka tmshe was such a loving person and her baby was so precious
Irene glover December 28, 2012 at 08:19 AM
taneka and niyla were my cousins...i neva got a chance to meet my baby cousin because of this careless drunk driver!
Wendy December 28, 2012 at 01:41 PM
May God keep the Family and Friends in his loving arms. God Bless you all!
ELIZABETH December 28, 2012 at 03:28 PM
To my family we love & miss you guys.Please keep on holding on We could do all thing through GOD who stregthens us....NACOALE YOU FOREVER BE MISSED FROM THE BRYANT FAMILY
Tonia Winters January 14, 2013 at 07:06 AM
We miss Nacoale Winters and baby Dearious very much. Their our angels in heaven now looking down on us. This was a tragedy that took a lot from this family Christmas night. Our lives have been changed forever and our Christmas will never be the same again. We will miss Taneka and baby Nyla also they were like family to us. RIP sweet angels God has you now.

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