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ATLANTA, GA – On April 8 at around 3 p.m., a vehicle operated by United Cerebral Palsy of Georgia was struck by another vehicle, resulting in an accident that occurred in rainy conditions near Covington.

We are profoundly saddened that five people from our UCP family lost their lives in the accident, including four people with disabilities for whom we have provided services for more than two decades, and a valued and respected member of our staff.

The news has left our entire UCP family utterly devastated and heartbroken.

All available measures are being taken to provide grief support and counseling for the people with disabilities we support, our employees, and the families of those who were lost.

We are grateful for the service provided by the first responders at the scene of this accident. We understand that managing the scope of this unthinkable tragedy has been extraordinarily challenging for them as well.

We all share a heavy heart for those lost and extend our deep and caring condolences to their loved ones. We ask that the privacy of these families be respected during this difficult period of grief.

Any additional comments regarding the individuals involved in this incident, including details about planned memorial services, will be provided by UCP of Georgia only after authorities have released the names of the victims.

Requests for comment may be directed to UCP of Georgia President and CEO Diane Wilush at or 678-313-3079.

Information regarding the details surrounding the investigation of the accident are being referred to the Newton County Sheriff’s Department.