UPDATE: ID of CHS student released in fatal wreck


Cedartown, Ga. – September 2, 2014: The name of the teenager killed in an early morning car crash Tuesday has been released.

Karina Macedo, a Cedartown High School senior, died from injuries sustained in the single-car accident. Her name was being withheld earlier this morning out of respect for family, according to Cedartown Police Chief Jamie Newsome.

Newsome confirmed Tuesday morning that Macedowas killed and two others injured in a single-vehicle accident on Collard Valley Road.

According to Newsome, the accident took place atapproximately 7:45 a.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 2, onCollard Valley Road in the Clyde Street area. Upon arrival, officers with the Cedartown Police Department found two male teenagers at the scene and Macedooutside of the vehicle. Initial reports indicate that theshe was ejected from the car during the crash, Newsome said.

Macedo was transported to Polk Medical Center and was pronounced dead. The two males, whose names have not been released, were treated for non-life threatening injuries and released earlier today, Newsome said.

All three teens were students at Cedartown High School; Macedo was a member of the senior class.

Newsome said that the Cedartown Police Department is conducting the investigation and has requested the assistance of the Georgia State Patrol’s Serious Crash Reconstruction Team. “With a tragedy such as this, with a loss of such a young life, we felt it necessary to seek assistance from the GSP team to make sure we know as much as we can about the accident,” Newsome said. “Right now, we ask that the community remember the families affected by this tragedy in your thoughts and prayers.”

Newsome did say that Polk School District Officials were notified of the accident this morning. “We wanted to let them know as soon as we could. She was one of their own and undoubtedly students will be in shock from this loss. We informed them so that they could offer support and help their students in coping with the news.”

No further information on the investigation will be released today.