Pregnant woman loses toes in car accident
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A pregnant Acworth woman involved in an early morning accident Thursday that shut down Interstate 75 south remains in Grady Memorial Hospital after losing the toes on her right foot.

"She is very sore," a relative of Angelina Rule, 21, said. Gianelly Ortiz said the unborn baby is doing great, as is 6-year-old Gabriella Rivera who was a passenger in Rule's car.

Ortiz said her niece was discharged from the hospital late Thursday, but Rule's stay is indefinite.

"She will be in the hospital for a while (for) prosthetic toes and physical therapy," the woman said.

The other driver involved in the accident was cited for improper lane change, according to a Cartersville police report.

The report states that Rule's 1996 Ford Ranger was traveling south in the far right lane on I-75 at mile marker 289 when a woman driving a 1998 Honda Civic in the second lane side-swiped the Ford. The woman stated she was attempting to change lanes and did not see Rule's vehicle to her right when the crash occurred. Rule was unable to give a statement because of her injuries.

Upon investigation, it was determined that the driver of the Honda improperly changed lanes causing her right front fender and side to strike Rule's truck, which went airborne and flipped ejecting the Rule and Rivera.

Rule was airlifted to Grady Memorial Hospital with foot injuries. Rivera was taken to Scottish Rite Hospital by air ambulance with hip and leg pain.

Cartersville Fire Department Battalion Chief Ray King said the call went out at 7:04 a.m. and all lanes were closed for approximately 55 minutes.

In addition to the truck and Honda, two other vehicles collided as they attempted to avoid a vehicle swerving around the crash. According to the report, a Chevrolet truck hit a tractor-trailer, but no one was injured or cited.

Cartersville High student arrested

Two students were restrained by teachers after a fight broke out at Cartersville High School on Tuesday afternoon.

A Cartersville police officer was dispatched to the school. Upon arrival, he spoke with the suspect -- identified as Tia Boyd, 17 -- about what happened.

According to the incident report, Boyd stated several people told her the victim was talking about her, and when she saw the victim in the hallway, she asked the girl her name. According to Boyd, the victim gave her name and then shoved Boyd. Boyd said she then began punching the victim in the face.

The officer observed a large contusion and laceration to the victim's right eye.

Both students were sent home with their parents by administrators and a warrant for battery was issued for Boyd. She was later charged and booked into the jail.

Man robbed; wallet and other items stolen

A man told Cartersville police he was robbed in the parking lot of Auto Zone on Wednesday night.

Police responded to the parking lot of 140 S. Tennessee St., where the victim said shortly before the robbery he observed a black man inside the store as he purchased a light bulb.

He said as he walked back to his vehicle he was grabbed from behind on his neck by the male. The suspect reached into the man's pocket, taking a wallet and cell phone before fleeing south. An employee of Auto Zone said he saw the victim chasing a black man in the parking lot, and a short time later another customer told him someone had been robbed.

The victim and employee gave the officer a physical description of the suspect -- black male between 20 and 30 years old in black clothing, 5 feet 6 inches to 5 feet 7, weighing 175 pounds.