‘Her personality always lit up the room’: Mom-to-be, unborn child killed in crash

Published: Jan. 18, 2023 at 1:16 PM EST|Updated: Jan. 19, 2023 at 11:14 AM EST
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HEPHZIBAH, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) - A pregnant mom and her unborn child died after a car accident Wednesday just inside Burke County.

First responders rushed to the scene of the crash that happened around 9 a.m. on Story Mill Road between Corley Road and Henderson Road near Tinkers Creek Trail. The location is just south of Hephzibah.

The Burke County Sheriff’s Office said the crash claimed the life of Anniebel Hall, 24, and her unborn child. Bell died at a hospital where she was taken after the crash, according to Deputy Coroner Bonnie Powell.

She lived in the area where the crash occurred, Powell said.

Officials say the vehicle was driven by 47-year-old Tonya Hall. She was traveling south on Story Mill Road at Corley Road when she crossed the center line and traveled off the roadway, where the vehicle overturned.

Tonya and Anniebel were both ejected, according to the Burke County Sheriff’s Office.

Two of Anniebel’s children were in the back seat, properly restrained, and neither injured. Tonya remains hospitalized, according to the release.

“Her personality always lit up the room. She loved her babies more than life. There is so much I could say about how amazing she was. We’re still all processing this tragic accident,” her sister tells us in a statement.

According to Anniebel’s mom, she was 19 weeks pregnant with a girl.

Authorities say the cause of the accident remains under investigation, and charges are pending.

The Burke County Sheriff’s Office traffic division and the Georgia State Patrol Specialized Collision Reconstruction Team are continuing the investigation.