A Stockbridge woman and two young children were injured after a violent wreck on I-75 north as she was about to be pulled over for a second speeding ticket on Friday morning.
Shaland Santiago-Myers, 30, of Stockbridge, was traveling north in her 2006 Mazda 3S on I-75 early Friday morning with two children ages 3 and 4 when a state trooper stopped her for going 92 mph in a 70 mph zone. The traffic stop happened just north of the Bass Road exit in Bibb County. The trooper gave her a speeding ticket and also a warning because her daughter was not restrained properly, according to the state patrol.
But 10 miles later, the same trooper saw her again changing lanes in and out of traffic without using her turn signal and speeding again, this time going 88 mph in a 70 mph zone. He was trying to catch her to make another traffic stop when Santiago-Myers hit a tire tread in the road just north of the Rumble Road exit, lost control and struck a tractor trailer parked on the shoulder. Santiago-Myers was ejected and her body landed underneath the tractor trailer while her vehicle and two children spun into another north-bound vehicle. The accident happened around 7:25 a.m.
First responders thought the driver had passed away and draped a sheet over her body underneath the tractor trailer. Later, though, she sat up and started talking to them, said sheriff Brad Freeman, and was taken to Navicent Health along with her two passengers, Ava Ford, 4, and Ayden Wilder, 3.
The other drivers involved were not injured.
Santiago-Myers was charged with reckless driving, aggressive driving, speeding (two citations); no safety belt, no safety restraint for children and failure to use turn signal.