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5 victims ID’d after deadly wrong way crash in Georgia

The identities of five of six victims killed in a wrong way collision early Sunday on Interstate 95 in Georgia have been identified.

Sara Robinson, 41 was identified as the driver of the 2012 Nissan Rogue while the front passenger was found to be Nathan Robinson, 37. Three children were among the dead. The children, whose exact ages have yet to be verified, include Stephen, about 12 years old; Rebecca Robinson, about 13; and Alexander Robinson, about 5.

GEORGIA CRASH ON INTERSTATE 95 LEAVES 6 DEAD, INCLUDING 3 CHILDREN, OFFICIALS SAY

They were from Virginia, according to the Georgia State Patrol. The family was killed after a driver traveling the wrong way on the interstate collided head-on with their vehicle

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First responders from the Midway Fire Department survey the scene of a fatal accident on Interstate 95, which claimed the lives of multiple people, early Sunday morning, Feb. 23, 2020, in Liberty County, Ga. (AP Photo/Lewis Levine)

The driver in the 2017 Lexus RX350 was identified as a 77-year-old male with Florida license plates who was traveling alone, according to GSP trooper Markus White. He was also killed

His identity was being withheld until his next of kin is notified.

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The crash happened shortly after 2 a.m. in Liberty County, Ga., in the northbound lanes of Interstate 95. (AP Photo/Lewis Levine)

Officials said everyone had their seatbelts on at the time of the crash and the driver of the Lexus was not impaired.

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The crash reportedly occurred at 2:05 a.m. in the Midway area, which is roughly 25 miles southwest of Savannah.

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First responders from the Midway Fire Department survey the scene of a fatal accident on Interstate 95, which claimed the lives of multiple people, early Sunday morning, Feb. 23, 2020, in Liberty County, Ga. (AP Photo/Lewis Levine)

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Officers had received reports of a white Lexus traveling southbound in a northbound lane of I-95 before the deadly collision, Liberty County sheriff’s deputy Lt. Jason Colvin said.

The Associated Press contributed to this report

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Georgia crash on Interstate 95 leaves 6 dead, including 3 children, officials say

Six people were killed – including three children – after a head-on collision on Interstate 95 in Georgia early Sunday, according to officials.

The Georgia State Patrol told FOX5 the deadly crash happened around 2:05 a.m. near the Exit 76 on-ramp to the interstate in Liberty County, located about 30 miles south of Savannah.

Officials said a Lexus RX350 with Florida license plates driven by 77-year-old man had been traveling in the wrong direction in the left lane on the interstate. The Lexus then struck head-on a Nissan Rogue with an adult female driver, adult passenger, and three children inside.

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Liberty County Sheriff’s Deputy Lt. Jason Colvin told the Coastal News Service that the Liberty County 911 issued a “lookout advisory” around 2 a.m. for a white Lexus traveling southbound in the northbound lane of I-95.

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First responders from the Midway Fire Department survey the scene of a fatal accident on Interstate 95, which claimed the lives of multiple people, early Sunday morning, Feb. 23, 2020, in Liberty County, Ga. (AP Photo/Lewis Levine)

Deputies were headed to the interstate to intercept the driver when they received a call about the accident.

All six people involved in the crash were killed, officials told FOX5. Images from the scene showed the front of both vehicles crumpled where they came to a stop on the interstate.

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First responders from the Midway Fire Department survey the scene of a fatal accident on Interstate 95, which claimed the lives of multiple people, early Sunday morning, Feb. 23, 2020, in Liberty County, Ga. (AP Photo/Lewis Levine)

Officials from the Georgia State Patrol said that everyone had their seatbelts on and the 77-year-old driver was not impaired at the time of the crash, according to FOX5.

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While authorities are not releasing the names of the victims pending notification of next of kin, they did say the Nissan Rogue did have Virginia tags.

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The crash happened shortly after 2 a.m. in Liberty County, Ga. in the northbound lanes of Interstate 95. (AP Photo/Lewis Levine)

Deputies investigating the crash said the children are believed to be between the ages of 3 and 10 years old, WSAV-TV reported.

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The accident closed down all northbound lanes of the interstate until around 5:30 a.m. on Sunday. The crash remains under investigation.

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Greyhound to stop allowing Border Patrol agents to conduct immigration checks on buses without warrant

Greyhound said Friday it would prohibit U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents without a warrant from boarding its buses to conduct immigration checks as bus companies continue to face pressure from civil rights advocates over the practice.

The announcement comes after an Associated Press report said a Jan. 28 Border Patrol memo contradicted Greyhound’s stance that it had to allow the agents on its buses under federal law.

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In this Thursday, Feb. 13 photo, agents for Customs and Border Protection board a Greyhound bus headed for Portland, Ore., at the Spokane Intermodal Center, a terminal for buses and Amtrak in Spokane, Wash. (AP Photo/Nicholas K. Geranios)

The company has maintained it didn’t agree with the checks but had no choice but to comply.

The memo addressed to all chief patrol agents and signed by then-Border Patrol Chief Carla Provost before her retirement said agents can’t board private buses without consent from bus companies.

“When transportation checks occur on a bus at non-checkpoint locations, the agent must demonstrate that he or she gained access to the bus with the consent of the company’s owner or one of the company’s employees,” the memo states.

Border agents regularly climb onto buses within 100 miles of the border to ask passengers about their immigration status. Some have been captured on video, prompting outrage from immigration advocate groups.

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A worker, right, speaks with a Customs and Border Protection agent seeking to board a Greyhound bus headed for Portland, Ore., at the Spokane Intermodal Center, a terminal for buses and Amtrak in Spokane, Wash. (AP Photo/Nicholas K. Geranios)

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Civil rights organizations argue the checks are discriminatory and that passengers are routinely profiled under the Trump administration. Greyhound faces a lawsuit in California over the checks, which some claim violate consumer protection laws.

The company said it would provide training to its drivers and bus station employees about the new policy, along with stickers to be placed on buses saying it does not consent to searches.

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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Bus on New Jersey Turnpike bursts into flames

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A bus burst into flames early Thursday morning while traveling on the New Jersey Turnpike.

Video filmed from helicopters above the scene showed high flames engulfing a charter bus stopped on Interstate 78 near Union, N.J. Large clouds of black smoke billowed from the blaze as emergency responders arrived on the scene. Firefighters managed to put out the fire by 7:30 a.m., according to PIX 11. White smoke was seen coming off the charred bus afterward.

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No injuries were immediately reported. About 13 passengers were seen waiting in the highway median for another bus to arrive to pick them up, WABC reported. Social media users also shared video showing the massive fire as they passed on the other side of the highway.

The bus is owned by Trans-Bridge Lines, an interstate bus transportation company with daily service between Pennsylvania and New Jersey, and the Port Authority Bus Terminal in New York City.

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Eastbound express lanes on I-78 were closed for at least an hour. The incident caused extensive delays, even after one eastbound express lane was reopened around 8 a.m.

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NYU College Republicans call for firing of left-wing professor who led anarchist protest

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New York University’s (NYU) Amin Husain – an adjunct instructor at the school’s College of Arts and Science – should be fired after it was revealed he spearheaded a radical anti-cop rally protesting a police crackdown on turnstile jumping, NYU’s College Republicans said Tuesday.

Husain, 44, is also a co-founder of Decolonize This Place, which urged its radical followers to “f-ck sh-t up” last month in a violent assault on New York City’s subways that concluded with 13 arrests and $100,000 in damage.

Appearing on “Fox & Friends: First” with host Rob Schmitt, NYU College Republicans President Kristen Gourrier and Vice President Bobby Miller said that there is definitely an unbalanced bias toward liberal thought on NYU’s campus and that they were not surprised to learn of Husain’s involvement.

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“I mean, I definitely think that there are a lot of people at NYU who have similar kind of extreme views,” said Gourrier. “And it’s the result of being in a place where you’re challenged so little on your ideas that you end up villainizing the other side to the point that you’re able to justify acts like this that to the rest of us just seem really inappropriate.”

“The professor is really just a far-left extremist. He has no business impressing his reprehensible views on the minds of young adults in a classroom setting,” Miller chimed in.

“And, quite honestly, it’s disappointing that NYU hasn’t taken the necessary steps to make sure that this professor is nowhere near students in the future. As you mentioned, this had not just affected students. This affected commuters all over the city and NYU should make a statement by firing this professor so they don’t condone violence,” he added.

In a statement on Husain released Monday, NYU spokesman John Beckman wrote: “The university abhors violence, rejects calls for violence, has longstanding ties to Israel – including a campus there – and is opposed to acts of vandalism on the public transit system, which is needed and shared by all New Yorkers. It is, however, the case that among the thousands of part-time faculty we hire each year some will disagree with NYU’s positions. Such is the nature of free speech and academic freedom.”

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However, in contrast, Gourrier told Schmitt that even some of the NYU College Republicans’ meetings were protested and attended by other students who disagree with “even moderate views” on the right.

“So, I definitely think that if anybody were to do anything like this on the other side it would quickly be buried – strongly denounced – which I think is why we’re so unbalanced here,” she said.

“There’s a complete double standard for conservatives on campus at NYU and really at colleges across the country,” stated Miller.

The New York Post contributed to this report.

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Uber driver charged with kidnapping after passengers livestream chase

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A Virginia Uber driver is now in police custody for chasing down a car that rear-ended him — without letting his two passengers out of the vehicle — on Monday night.

Olufemi S. Olomola, 38, was charged with two counts of abduction, reckless driving and felony hit-and-run, Q13 Fox reported.

Richmond Police reportedly made the arrest following the incident.

John Murray and his wife, Tameka Swann, called an Uber to take them out to dinner on their date night. After picking them up and driving several blocks, Olomola was rear-ended, and the offending driver took off.

Olomola sped up and ran multiple red lights in an attempt to catch the unidentified motorist, driving erratically the whole way, according to Murray.

“I thought we were just going to pull over and they would exchange information, but the other driver pulled around us and took off,” he said. “I had no idea [Olomola] was about to go ‘Fast and Furious’ on us.”

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Murray decided to stream the encounter on Facebook Live. At one point, Olomola handed his phone to Swann to speak with a 911 dispatcher and began to accelerate.

The couple say they continually asked Olomola to stop and let them out, but he seemed focused on catching the other driver.

Halfway through the drive, Olomola was T-boned by another automobile. Instead of stopping to exchange information, he continued to chase the first driver.

The 911 operator can be heard telling him to stop, but he kept going, according to Q13 Fox.

Swann told a local CBS affiliate she was scared for her life and could only think of her children.

The driver eventually stopped and let the couple out.

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A spokesperson for Uber commented on the fiasco to WTVR and said an investigation is underway. They also said Olomola’s Uber access has been removed.

“This driver’s behavior is deeply concerning and his access to the app has been removed,” the spokesperson said. “We have been in contact with the rider and stand ready to support law enforcement on their investigation.”

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Kobe Bryant helicopter crash: 4 of the 9 bodies identified, authorities say

Four of the nine bodies have been identified as investigators continue to examine the crash site of the flight that killed Los Angeles Lakers superstar Kobe Bryant, his daughter and seven others on Sunday.

Those who have been identified include Bryant, Sarah Chester, John Altobelli and the pilot, Ara Zobayan.

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FILE – In this July 26, 2018 file photo former Los Angeles Laker Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna watch during the U.S. national championships swimming meet in Irvine, Calif.(AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

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Gianna Bryant, 13, was traveling with her father to a youth basketball tournament in which she was playing. Two of her teammates died with her — Alyssa Altobelli and Payton Chester — along with Alyssa’s parents, John and Keri Altobelli, and Payton’s mother, Sarah Chester. Christina Mauser was the girls’ basketball coach at Mamba Sports Academy in Thousand Oaks, Calif.

The pilot flying the chartered Sikorsky S-76B was no rookie — he had logged 1,250 hours on the helicopter when it plunged into a foggy hillside in Calabasas, Calif., according to National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) member Jennifer Homendy, who spoke at a news conference Tuesday. He’d been with the charter company for 10 years.

Homendy said the flight had a descent rate of 2,000 feet per minute for a “high-energy impact crash.” She said the chopper fell to the ground in one piece, crashing after about a minute of plunging. She said it was not yet clear if the pilot could have recovered from the dive.

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This image taken from video on Monday, Jan. 27, 2020, and provided by the National Transportation Safety Board, shows part of the wreckage of a helicopter crash near Calabasas, Calif. (James Anderson/National Transportation Safety Board via AP)

The scene of the crash is currently a HAZMAT scene and clean-up crews are working to expunge the toxic mess. Vehicles cannot reach the hillside crash site due to the rugged terrain, so it may take as many as five to seven days to complete the cleanup.

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The NTSB will release its full preliminary report in 10 days, but the final report could take as many as 12 to 18 months, according to Homendy.

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LA Mayor Garcetti reacts to Kobe Bryant’s death: ‘A giant’

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti took to Twitter Sunday to honor NBA legend Kobe Bryant following his death from a fiery helicopter crash in California on Sunday.

In a multi-part Twitter thread, Garcetti called Bryant a heroic figure who transcended the game of basketball and inspired people with his “incomparable skill on the court.”

He continued, “Kobe Bryant was a giant who inspired, amazed, and thrilled people everywhere with his incomparable skill on the court – and awed us with his intellect and humility as a father, husband, creative genius, and ambassador for the game he loved.”

The 48-year-old mayor added that Bryant “will live forever in the heart of Los Angeles, and will be remembered through the ages as one of our greatest heroes.”

He also wrote, “This is a moment that leaves us struggling to fund words that express the magnitude of shock and sorrow we are all feeling right now, and I am keeping Kobe’s entire family in my prayers at this time of unimaginable grief.”

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Bryant, an 18-time NBA All-Star who won five championships and became one of the greatest basketball players of his generation during a 20-year career with the Los Angeles Lakers, died in a helicopter crash near Calabasas — about 30 miles northwest of Los Angeles.

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Firefighters working the scene of the helicopter crash where former NBA star Kobe Bryant died Sunday in Calabasas, Calif. (AP)

Bryant lived in South of Los Angeles in coastal Orange County for much of his adult life, and often used helicopters to avoid Southern California’s notorious traffic. He kept up the practice after retirement to attend to his business ventures.

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The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Office in a late-morning news conference said all five onboard died in Sunday morning’s crash. They did not confirm the identities of the passengers.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Small plane crash in Georgia leaves 2 dead, debris on highway

Two people were killed after a small plane crashed near a highway in Georgia on Saturday, leaving debris across the roadway.

The incident happened Saturday afternoon in Coweta County near the town of Senoia, located about 35 miles south of Atlanta.

Investigators told FOX5 the Mustang 2 aircraft crashed in the woods about a half-mile from the Big T Airport.

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“It may have been trying to go there, but we don’t know,” Chon Terrell, battalion Chief for Coweta County Fire Rescue, told FOX5.

Images from investigators obtained by FOX5 showed the debris in a wooded area.

The Georgia Department of Transportation said that all lanes of Georgia 16 westbound at Tinsley Way were blocked due to the crash. Drivers were asked to use an alternate route if possible for several hours.

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Investigators in Georgia were out through nightfall on Saturday to process the crash site and debris field.

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Debris was located on George State Route 16 after the crash. (FOX5)

“We found some at a body shop on the roof,” Terrell told FOX 5. “We’ve secured that and it will be taken care of tomorrow morning.”

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The National Transportation Safety Board said that the federal agency is now investigating the crash.

Officials have not yet identified the pilot and passenger.

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California man rammed teens’ car in crash that killed 3 after doorbell prank, victim’s mom says

A California man is facing charges in a crash that killed three teens Sunday night after the group apparently played the “ding-dong ditch” prank on him, a victim’s mother said.

Debbie Ruiz, the mother of Drake Ruiz, a 16-year-old passenger who was among the boys killed when their Toyota Prius was struck, went off the road and slammed into a tree in Temescal Valley, told reporters Monday.

Her son and his five friends rang the bell of a house in a prank while on their way to a birthday party, she said.

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“The boys were playing ding-dong ditch at a house they thought was somebody their age — but it turned out to be that angry man,” Ruiz said, referring to 42-year-old Anurag Chandra, according to FOX11 Los Angeles.

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Anurag Chandra remained jailed without bail on Wednesday. (Riverside County Sheriff’s Department via AP)

Sergio Campusano, the 18-year-old driver, told KNBC-TV that a man who answered the door got into his white Honda Infiniti and chased after them when they drove away.

“My friends started screaming,” he told the station. “They’re like: ‘Make it to the freeway! Make it to the freeway, like, try to lose him there.’ I just saw him ram his car into my back, and I whipped into my window and I blacked out.”

A witness chased the Infiniti and alerted California Highway Patrol officers who found it parked, with substantial front-end damage, at a nearby home. Officers then arrested Chandra on suspicion of murder and assault with a deadly weapon.

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The boys’ Toyota Prius was struck, went off the road and slammed into a tree in Temescal Valley, about 60 miles southeast of downtown Los Angeles. (KTTV FOX Los Angeles)

While police have not released a motive, they said Chandra “intentionally” caused the crash.

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“It was an intentional act,” CHP Lt. David Yokley told reporters Monday. “Our investigation led us to believe Mr. Chandra intentionally rammed the Prius, causing the driver to lose control.”

The crash killed Ruiz and his two friends, Daniel Hawkins and Jacob Ivascu, all 16, according to the Riverside County coroner’s office.

Campusano survived along with 13-year-olds Joshua Hawkins and Joshua Ivascu, the younger brothers of Daniel and Jacob.

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Chandra remained jailed without bail on Wednesday. It wasn’t clear whether he had a lawyer who could speak on his behalf.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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