Woman, daughter die from car wreck injuries

A Salem, Ala., woman and her 7-year-old daughter died Tuesday from injuries sustained in a Monday night crash on J.R. Allen parkway.

Zina Gates-Lewis, 33, was pronounced dead by Coroner Bill Thrower at 6:30 a.m. at The Medical Center, he said. She and her daughter were sent to the hospital around 7:30 p.m. after getting in a wreck just northeast of Second Avenue on U.S. 80.

The girl was sent from the Columbus hospital to Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, where she was pronounced dead at 3:48 p.m., said Deputy Coroner Freeman Worley.

Gates-Lewis in her black 2004 Suzuki XL7 and a 43-year-old Phenix City man in his white 1970 Ford F-700 were traveling northeast on the highway around 7 p.m. Monday, Columbus police said. Gates-Lewis was behind the Ford and tried to steer right just before she collided with the F-700’s rear.

The front end of her car got wedged underneath the back of the Ford, became disengaged and then spun counterclockwise across the road, police said.A Macon, Ga., woman also driving northeast on the highway in her black 2002 Acura 3.2TL saw the wreck and tried to avoid Gates-Lewis’ car, but she collided with the Suzuki’s rear bumper, police said.

Gates-Lewis and the girl were taken to The Medical Center with critical injuries. The drivers of the other cars weren’t taken to the hospital.The Suzuki had extensive damage. The Ford and Acura had moderate damage.

Columbus Fire and EMS units were called to the scene and had to close down the ramp onto U.S. 80 from Second Avenue.