Newborn dead, mother injured after Amazon driver turns into truck’s path, Athens-Clarke police say

A crash involving an Amazon delivery van and pickup truck is now a homicide-by-vehicle investigation after a baby died, according to Athens-Clarke County police.

Officers responded to a crash on Thursday around 5:53 p.m. off Danielsville Road and Mission Drive.

Investigators said the Amazon delivery driver was heading southbound and turned into the path of a 1996 Ford Ranger heading northbound. The van and pickup truck collided, sending truck passenger, 41-year-old Helen Edwards, to the hospital.

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Police said Edwards was pregnant and doctors had to deliver the baby at the hospital.

Edwards and her newborn were sent to the intensive care unit. Her baby died on Saturday, according to police.


Channel 2′s Tom Regan spoke with Edwards’ brother-in-law, who was driving the pickup truck and was treated for minor injuries. He told Regan that Edwards remains in the hospital.

Athens police said the case is now a homicide-by-vehicle investigation, but have not announced any charges.

Amazon shared a statement with Channel 2 Action News that said,

“This is a tragic accident, and our thoughts and sympathies are with those involved. We are supporting our Delivery Service Partner and Athens-Clarke County Police Department as they investigate.”

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