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DOT mower propels rock into car, kills woman

Photo by Brian Giandelone

Photo by Brian Giandelone

LAGRANGE -- Authorities say a woman who had come to Georgia to make a new life after Hurricane Katrina was killed by a rock slung through the windshield of a car.

Troup County Sheriff Donny Turner said the vehicle was northbound on U.S. 27 Wednesday afternoon while a Department of Transportation tractor was mowing.

The sheriff told the LaGrange Daily News that a rock was slung from under the tractor, traveling through the windshield and striking the woman, who was a back-seat passenger.

Troup County Coroner Jeff Cook identified the woman as 58-year-old Annie Lee of LaGrange. Cook told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution she had moved to the area to make a new life after Hurricane Katrina, and her family plans to take her body back to Louisiana to be buried.