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Erwin Community Mourns Loss Of Family Killed In South Georgia Wreck

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HOMERVILLE, GA. — The ride home from a holiday vacation turned tragic for a North Carolina family. Six people died in a head-on collision, of whom four were related.

The Georgia State Patrol said the driver of the Pontiac Firebirdlost control after passing another car and swerving over the centerline, then slammed into a Dodge Caravan carrying seven familymembers from Erwin, N.C.

The family, which was returning from a Florida vacation, wasidentified as 6-year-old Delia Perez; 3-month-old ElizabethPerez; 52-year-old Sarafina Meza Almanza; and 29-year-old JoseDeJesus Perez Saldana.

Darlene Tripp, Delia's teacher, expected to see her back at her desk this week.

"She was wonderful. She was one of those that was very quiet," she said. She would be lost in a crowd, but at the same time, she would stand out."

Three other family members in the minivan were seriouslyinjured, including a 10-year-old who was flown by helicopter to aSavannah hospital.

The two people in the Pontiac Firebird died at the scene. The Georgia State Patrol is checking the blood of the Pontiac Firebird driver for alcohol.

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