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Dashcam footage released in fatal Senoia crash

Laura Camper

Family members are in mourning on Thursday after a loved one was killed when a teenager fleeing police rammed their home with a car, police say.

Family members are in mourning on Thursday after a loved one was killed when a teenager fleeing police rammed their home with a car, police say.

The incident occurred early Thursday morning when a Coweta County deputy patrolling the area of ​​Highway 54 and Johnson Road was reportedly passed by a car that failed to dim its headlights.

When the deputy turned his patrol car around to carry out a traffic check, the car fled the area, at speeds often exceeding 130 mph, according to Toby Nix, public information officer for the Coweta County Sheriff’s Office.

The deputy eventually lost sight of the car on Johnson Road, but saw a resident standing in their yard who told the deputy the getaway car had crashed into a nearby home.

The deputy discovered that the car had crashed into the house and two occupants had been injured, Nix said.

In the video released by the sheriff’s office, a blue flash can be seen, believed to be the crashing car, Nix said.

A man and woman were taken to hospital and the woman died from her injuries, according to Nix. The 56-year-old victim has been identified as Annette Rush.

The driver, identified only as a 14-year-old male, was taken into custody, medically cleared and transported to a youth detention center. Georgia State Patrol should charge the minor with driving homicide, Nix said.

Among the mourners is Kenethia McCrary, 50, who is Annette’s sister-in-law. She has known Annette all her life, as McCrary’s family lived down the street from her family. She really got to know Annette when she was in high school.

“She was the best person you could ever meet,” McCrary said. “She was one of those people who would do anything for you. Anything you asked of her, if it was in her power, she would do it.

“She made the best mac and cheese. Already. It was his signature dish,” McCrary said.

The family had received conflicting stories, but they learned that the driver of the car lost control of the car, took off and landed in the house.

McCrary said the son was in a bedroom and was extracted from the wreckage first.

When Annette was taken out of her room by firefighters, she was still talking to everyone, McCrary said.

“When she came out on the stretcher, she gave us a thumbs up and said, ‘I’m fine,'” McCrary said.

Andreco Rush, 58, is the husband of the deceased.

He was in the living room watching TV and dozing when the car hit, he said.

“It was terrifying. I couldn’t see; the power was off. All. It was completely dark,” Andreco said.

Then he saw the car and heard his family calling him. He tried to get his family out of the rooms, and when the police arrived they helped. They managed to get his son out. But they couldn’t reach his wife.

Around 10:30 a.m., Andreco was still in his pajamas and watched the house close. He couldn’t come in to get his clothes.

He said they had been married for 35 years and had lived in the house their entire married life.