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Four children struck by runaway car: Man who drowned in lake identified

Georgia State troopers are investigating an incident in which four children were struck by a runaway car and DNR is investigating the drowning of a man at Lake Allatoona.
Georgia State troopers are investigating an incident in which four children were struck by a runaway car and DNR is investigating the drowning of a man at Lake Allatoona.
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Four children were injured after a parked car rolled out into their yard and struck them Sunday in Hall County.

The incident happened around 5 p.m. in a neighborhood on Price Way, according to the Georgia State Patrol. Investigators said a parked 1988 Acura Legend rolled out of a carport, down the driveway into a neighbor’s yard across the street on Price Way.

The four children: Julian Rangeo, 8; Sebastian Rangeo, 5; Emilee Guerra, 1, and Savannah Brown, 1, all of Gainesville, were struck by the vehicle while sitting under a tree, the Georgia Department of Public Safety spokeswoman Tracey Watson said.

The two oldest children were airlifted to Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston, Watson said. And the two youngest were transported to Northeast Georgia Medical Center, she said. The two oldest children are reportedly in good condition at the hospital Monday while the other two were treated and released, according to media reports. It’s unclear when they were released.

So far, no charges have been filed against the driver, 32-year-old Oleksandra Y. Myrna, of Gainesville, Watson said. But that may change once the investigation is completed, officials said.

Investigators said the car was parked in the driveway for about 30 minutes before it began to roll, according to Channel 2 Action News. Troopers believe the car was not in gear and are investigating whether the parking brake was on, the news station reported.

Man Drowns in Lake Allatoona

A 26-year-old man was attempting to retrieve a float when he apparently drowned Sunday afternoon in Lake Allatoona, making him the fifth to die in the lake so far this year.

Bartow County Coroner Joel Guyton has identified the man as Ryan Tyndall, of Snellville.

The incident happened around 4 p.m. near the Allatoona Landing in Bartow County, according to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources. Officials said the man was swimming away from the shore to retrieve the float when he went under.

Bartow County Fire & EMS responded to the scene shortly after 4 p.m. and helped recovered the body about 30 minutes said, DNR spokesman Mark McKinnon said. The man was not wearing a life preserver, he said.

Sunday’s drowning was the 27th this year in Georgia waters and the fifth in Lake Allatoona, according to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Three of the drownings in Lake Allatoona have been in Bartow County.