Parents of young woman killed in road rage take action - CBS46 News

Parents of young woman killed in road rage take action

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GAINESVILLE, GA (CBS46) -

A Gainesville couple is taking their anger to the road after a road rage incident killed their daughter.

"She was big into reptiles; snakes; stuff that nobody really liked," said Tony Gerrish.

Gerrish is talking about his daughter, 20-year old Chelsea Gerrish. She was an aspiring model and loving mother.

Tony sees one of her modeling pictures every time he turns on his computer.

Chelsea died last week when a truck hit her car head-on. She was on her way home from work when it happened.

Gainesville police said Mark Williams, 48, had a case of road rage with another vehicle. When Williams attempted to pass that vehicle, he hit Chelsea's Jeep. The impact killed them both.

The two women who were riding with Gerrish survived. Chelsea's sister said the first thing that crossed her mind after she was told about her sister's death was Chelsea's 2-year-old son, Aiden.

"He just turned two, three days before this happened," Chelsea's sister said.

The hurt Donna Gerrish feels about her daughter's death is turning into anger.

"I'm starting to get angry now that the funeral is over and all of the family is gone," Donna said. "This road rage that's happening all over the country has got to stop."

The crash happened on Browns Bridge Road in Gainesville. Chelsea and two of her friends had just left work and were on their way to her house.

"It's not fair. She wasn't doing anything wrong," her mother said.

Donna Gerrish said she and her family plan to fight for change.

"There needs to be some changes to road rage, and that's what our goal is," she said. "I promised my daughter that we will start Chelsea's Law in her honor against road rage driving. I'm not going to stop with Georgia. I'm going to go federal. My baby is not going to die in vain. I'm going to make sure that this doesn't happen again."

A trust fund has been set up for two-year-old Aiden Gerrish. The public can send contributions to:

Community and Southern Bank
4300 Dawson Forest Road
Dawsonville, Georgia 30534

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