ATLANTA - A family is in mourning after a pregnant woman was struck and killed while waiting at a bus stop in southwest Atlanta on Thursday.
Police said 22-year-old Keanna Shields was at the bus stop at Amal Drive and Pryor Road just before 5 p.m. when a pickup truck lost control and hit her.
Atlanta Police said a 58-year-old man, identified as Eddie Haynie, was driving a white Toyota pickup truck north on Pryor Road when the accident happened. As he approached the Amal Drive intersection, police said he didn't stop at the stop sign and collided with a Chevrolet Suburban. Haynie's truck ran off the road and struck Shields. Police said she was dragged into a field behind the bus stop.
The man's truck ended up along the tree line beyond the field. He was found unresponsive in the passenger side floor board and was taken to Grady Memorial Hospital.
"She was a nice person, very kind hearted, loved everybody, never a bad side to her," said cousin Shavarious Hightower.
It was a heartbreaking scene as loved ones gathered after learning the horrifying news.
"She was a beautiful girl," said Shield's stepfather.
Family members at the scene said Shields, known as "Wookie," was expecting a baby girl in July and they were getting ready to celebrate her baby shower on Saturday. Her husband of two weeks, who is in the military, was scheduled to return home to spend the long holiday weekend with her.
Loved ones said Shields was valedictorian at Carver High School and was a few weeks away from graduating from nursing school.
The cause of the accident is still under investigation and police are working to determine what caused the suspect to drive so erratically.