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2nd pedestrian struck by vehicle in Cobb dies
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2nd pedestrian struck by vehicle in Cobb dies

KENNESAW, Ga. -- A second victim in a hit-and-run accident in Cobb County earlier this week has died.

Two men have been charged in the incident, which authorities said began with a chase and ended with a vehicle plowing into three teenagers as they walked down a Cobb County sidewalk.

The accident happened shortly before 7:30 p.m. Sunday on Barrett Lakes Boulevard near Shiloh Valley Drive in Kennesaw.

Cobb County Police Officer Mike Bowman said investigators believe the driver, 27-year-old Tansu Kanlica, was chasing 23-year-old Garrett Anderson. Bowman said Kanlica, a locksmith, was pursuing Anderson because he allegedly hadn't paid for his services. At some point during the chase, Kanlica lost control of his car, ran up on the sidewalk and hit the three teenagers walking to a movie.

One of the girls, 15-year-old Reina As-Salaam of East Point, was pronounced dead at the scene. The other two teens, Juliana Ferrell and Monica Epps, were rushed to WellStar Kennestone Hospital. Officials confirmed on Friday that Ferrell passed away after spending several days in intensive care.

After hitting the victims, authorities said Kanlica fled the scene, but was found and arrested several miles away. He has been charged with two counts of first-degree vehicular homicide, felony hit and run, serious injury by vehicle, failure to maintain lane and reckless driving. He is being held without bond at the Cobb County Adult Detention Center.

Last December, Kanlica was arrested after allegedly assaulting a 16-year-old girl a bus stop in Midtown. That girl ran into a local Pep Boys and told the manager, who chased Kanlica and held him until police arrived.

Anderson, the driver of the car Kanlica was chasing, was arrested Monday and charged with two counts of first-degree vehicular homicide, serious injury by vehicle, reckless driving and theft of services.

Both are being held without bond at the Cobb County Adult Detention Center.

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