East Cobb Teen Dies in Pedestrian Accident

Darion Elizabeth Hugh-Sam, 18, was injured in May while crossing Shallowford Road near Johnson Ferry Road.

An East Cobb teenager injured seven months ago in a pedestrian accident on Shallowford Road has died.

Cobb Police said Thursday that Darion Elizabeth Hugh-Sam, 18, died on Dec. 21 of injuries sustained when she and a teenage companion were attempting to cross Shallowford Road at Johnson Ferry Road on May 28.

Police investigators said Hugh-Sam and Leake were walking against a red pedestrian crosswalk signal around 5:30 p.m. when they were hit by a Honda Accord driven by Evelyn Tauchert, 82, of Marietta.

Hugh-Sam was rushed to WellStar Kennestone Hospital in critical condition. Austin Leake, 17, of Decatur, was treated for non-life-threatening injuries. Tauchert was uninjured.

Police indicated on Thursday that charges are not expected to be filed against Tauchert.

Hugh-Sam was a 2011 graduate of Lassiter High School.


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