Tiffany Nicole Robbins, who was seven months pregnant, died Saturday at WellStar Kennestone Hospital after driving into the path of a truck at Victory Drive and Woodstock Road in Acworth, said Lt. Jay Baker, spokesman for the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office.
Robbins was conscious and alert at the site of the accident, where a single bouquet of flowers now hangs on a stop sign to mark the spot.
The mother and her 3-year-old daughter, Malaya, who Baker said was restrained in a car seat in the back of their Honda Accord, each had visible injuries and were sent to the Marietta hospital.
Baker said doctors performed an emergency Cesarean section on Robbins after she arrived at the hospital, but the baby did not survive.
“After that procedure, Mrs. Robbins also died from apparent internal injuries,” Baker said.
Robbins and her husband, Anthony, had decided to call the baby Ariella, according to the mother’s obituary.
Robbins was a homemaker who studied Early Childhood Education at University of West Georgia and previously attended Etowah High School, according to Facebook.
Members of her family couldn’t be reached for comment, but shortly after Robbins’ death, they began to post on Facebook, expressing their devastation for the crash that took the 26-year-old and her child so suddenly.
“My babies are gone,” Robbins’ mother Cindy del Carmen wrote Sunday.
Robbins’ aunt, Judy Beale, responded.
“All we can do is hold onto the memories. Thank God that all of the memories are great,” Beale wrote. “You did a great job raising Tiffany Robbins and please be at peace knowing that. None of this seems fair. I am crushed too. ... The tears keep flowing. Hopefully the pain will ease up as each day passes and the memories will be strong. I love you, Sis! We will get through this together!”
Canton resident Don Rice, who was driving behind Robbins when the wreck happened, wasn’t aware Tuesday Robbins had died. He was saddened to hear the news.
“That’s a tragedy,” he said. “It was, because she was talking to everybody.”
Rice said the wreck was serious, but Robbins didn’t seem seriously hurt.
“She had blood all over her face,” he said. “But she was talking to responders while they were there and cutting her out. She was conscious.”
Rice said it appeared Robbins hadn’t seen the truck, and there wasn’t much that could have stopped the incident.
“He didn’t seem like he was speeding to me,” he said. “I just think it was the timing. As soon as she crossed past the stop sign, he hit her.”
The driver of the truck, a 30-year-old Acworth man who hasn’t been charged, wasn’t seriously injured or sent to the hospital, according to the sheriff’s office.
A joint funeral service for Robbins and her baby is set for 11 a.m. Saturday at the Woodstock Funeral Home Chapel. Family members will receive friends Friday from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 9 p.m. at the funeral home.