Suicidal woman driving wrong way triggers serious crash, gridlock in Atlanta

June 10th, 2015 by Staff

Three people were seriously injured and traffic was at a standstill for hours Sunday on Interstate 400 in Atlanta.


(DailyMail.com) ATLANTA, Ga. – A suicidal woman has survived after driving her Porsche the wrong way onto an Atlanta interstate before smashing into two vehicles and injuring three other people.

Patty Ann Cressaty, 67, admitted that she had purposefully driven northbound on Ga. 400 southbound on Sunday morning in an attempt to take her life, police said on Monday.

She raced along the emergency lane of the busy interstate around 11am before striking the median wall and colliding with two other vehicles, the Atlanta Journal Constitution reported.

Witnesses managed to pull the married mother from her burning car. She was unconscious but breathing.

‘She just needed help, and people were screaming and nobody was helping her,’ one witness told WSB. ‘So I just ran over there and just yanked the door open and tried to get here out of the car as best as I could.’

Paramedics took Cressaty to Grady Memorial Hospital, where she told a doctor about her failed plan to take her life.
She was cited for reckless driving and driving on the wrong side of the road.

Three other people were hurt in the crash and were taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

The crash brought traffic to a dead stop close to downtown Atlanta on Sunday and it took hours for the flow to return to normal.

Cressaty’s Facebook profile indicates she is married and works as an air stewardess for Delta. 

According to the page, she also enjoys horseback riding and owns a horse named Fendi.


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