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Macon woman dies in wreck

A 21-year-old Macon woman died in Kennesaw early Sunday from injuries sustained in a car wreck.

Kimberly Johnson, a student at Kennesaw State University, was a passenger in the back seat of a 2002 Chevrolet TrailBlazer that left the road, hit several trees and overturned, according to a news release from the Cobb County Police Department.

Johnson was riding with three other Kennesaw State students in the TrailBlazer, which was heading east on Barrett Parkway near Old U.S. 41 when it went off the right side of the road about 2:30 a.m.

None of the occupants of the vehicle was wearing a seat belt. Johnson was sitting on the side of the vehicle that came to rest on the ground, Cobb County police spokesman Sgt. Dana Pierce said. The other three occupants were injured in the wreck and were treated at a local hospital.

The driver, 21-year-old Shaneisa Newsome of Roswell, was charged with vehicular homicide, driving under the influence of alcohol, failure to maintain lane, having an expired tag and not wearing a seat belt, Pierce said.

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