Unknown if girl killed in crash was restrained

DULUTH - Police have not determined if a 6-year-old girl killed Wednesday was properly restrained in a car that was rear-ended and pushed into the back of an empty Gwinnett County Transit bus.

Olivia Isom of Duluth was pronounced dead Wednesday at Gwinnett Medical Center, said Cpl. Darren Moloney, spokesman for the Gwinnett County Police Department. She will undergo an autopsy.

The girl's mother, 38-year-old Lasha Isom, was in serious condition Thursday at Gwinnett Medical Center, Moloney said. Olivia's father, 39-year-old Randy Isom, did not require emergency medical treatment.

Lasha and Randy Isom were wearing their seat belts, Moloney said.

Lasha Isom was driving a Nissan Altima on Old Norcross Road near Boggs Road when she and the driver of the bus, 32-year-old Rennie Seecharan of Snellville, slowed for traffic, Moloney said.

Seecharan, who was wearing a seat belt, was not injured, Moloney said. There were no riders on the bus, which was traveling to Gwinnett Place Mall to begin a route, officials said.

A Chevrolet Malibu hit the rear of the Nissan, pushing the car into the back of the county transit bus, Moloney said. The Malibu's driver, 43-year-old Regina Ann Coney of Norcross, was in serious condition Thursday at Atlanta Medical Center, he said.

"At this stage of the investigation, it is unknown if the driver of the Chevy was wearing her seatbelt," Moloney wrote in a news release. "The speed of her vehicle is listed as a contributing factor in this collision. ... There are no charges at this time."

Police continue to investigate the wreck.

This is the third high-profile incident involving a transit bus in recent months.

In December, an express bus became fully engulfed in flames, shutting down Interstate 85 for hours during Atlanta's rush hour, and another bus fire stopped traffic last week.

Gwinnett County Transit Director Tim Collins has said the county has directed its transit provider Veolia Transportation to address the fires and mechanics are inspecting every bus every time one pulls out of the transit hub every shift.