Barnes' Daughter, Granddaughters in Crash | News
MARIETTA, GA -- Gubernatorial candidate Roy Barnes' daughter and two grandchildren were hospitalized after a serious traffic accident Sunday afternoon.
According to Cobb County police, Allison Barnes Salter was driving her family in a minivan northbound on Old Mountain Road. Police say 17-year-old Mario Zuniga was driving his Porsche Boxster in the opposite direction. According to the incident report, Zuniga crossed into the northbound lanes while trying to take a curve and collided with Salter's van head-on just after noon.
Police say he was going faster than the posted 30 m.p.h speed limit.
Zuniga had to be extricated from his 2002 Boxster and was airlifted in critical condition to Atlanta Medical Center. A 16-year-old passenger, who's a student at Mount Paran Christian School in Kennesaw, was taken to Wellstar Kennestone Hospital in Marietta for injuries described as non-life-threatening. Zuniga is a former student from Mount Paran.
Salter was taken to Wellstar Kennestone for treatment as well. Her six-year-old and four-year-old daughters were taken to Scotish Rite. The six-year-old, Lily, was released Sunday night, while the younger daughter, Ella, was undergoing surgery on her injured arm and shoulder Monday morning.
A spokeswoman issued a statement late Sunday night:
Roy and Marie appreciate the outpouring of thoughts and prayers as their daughter and granddaughters recover from today's accident. Their thoughts and prayers also go out to the young men and the families involved in the accident.
The Barnes campaign canceled all events scheduled for Monday, Columbus Day.
Salter is an accomplished attorney at her father's law firm in Marietta, the Barnes Law Group, one of the best known in the city. She lists in her credits on an online biography, spending time clerking for a US District Court Judge and working in the Cobb County Solicitor's Office before joining her father's firm where she and her husband John Salter work.