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State Patrol: Georgia teacher, daughter die in car crash

October 31, 2019

DUBLIN, Ga. (AP) — Authorities say a central Georgia middle school teacher and his young daughter died in a car crash.

Local news media report the Georgia State Patrol says 42-year-old Shawn Linder and his toddler daughter Bella died Tuesday morning in the crash near Dublin in Laurens County.

The State Patrol says Linder’s eastbound car veered off the road, then swerved left into an oncoming pickup truck driven by 25-year-old Justin Hobbs of East Dublin. Hobbs survived the crash.

The Union-Recorder of Milledgeville reports Linder was a special education teacher at Johnson County Middle School and coached high school varsity football and basketball. The newspaper says he was the husband of its editor, Natalie Davis Linder, and that Bella was her daughter, age 1 year and 10 months.