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.