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The driver of a car who crashed through a wall at Ivy Preparatory Academy for Girls in Kirkwood is now facing criminal charges.

According to the police report, Obinna Aguocha, 39, has been charged with three counts of aggravated assault. It’s unclear if the incident was an accident or a purposeful act.

According to a statement from the charter school, the incident occurred around 10:30 a.m. on Monday morning after the car went into a classroom injuring Aguocha and three students.

The students were transported to Children’s Hospital at Egleston with non-life threatening injuries, while the driver was also transported to a hospital without serious injury.

“This is unimaginable,” said Dr. Charcia Nichols, Head of Schools at Ivy Preparatory Academy. “My thoughts are with the students, families and staff who were directly impacted as well as the entire Ivy Prep community.” 

A hotline was established for families who have questions and crisis counselors are available for students. The school is operating on a virtual schedule for the remainder of the week while repairs are made. In-person learning is scheduled to resume on Nov. 14.

Collin Kelley

Collin Kelley has been the editor of Atlanta Intown for two decades and has been a journalist and freelance writer for 35 years. He’s also an award-winning poet and novelist.