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Mother of three killed crossing Oglethorpe

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Natosha McCray with her three children (Source: Her family) Natosha McCray with her three children (Source: Her family)
Demetria Harris was released from jail a week ago Demetria Harris was released from jail a week ago
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ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

A woman accused of crashing into and killing a pedestrian over the weekend is awaiting trial for another crash that occurred as she was running from police. 31-year-old Natosha McCray was killed early Saturday morning as she crossed an Albany street. We're told she was carried more than 800 feet on the hood of that car before she fell off.

The driver, 26-year-old Demetria Harris, is still in the hospital in fair condition, and hasn't been charged. Earlier today, WALB.com reported that she had been, but that was incorrect, and we regret the error.

This isn't the first time Harris has been in trouble. She was released from jail a week ago as she awaits trial on charges she fled from police and crashed in April.

Now, police say she was behind the wheel of a car that hit and killed a well known former business owner in Albany. Police say Harris was driving about 5:30 Saturday morning, and had a passenger, 23 year old Kevoski Ware, when she struck 31 year old Natosha McCray, the former owner of Clear Tone Communications in Albany.

McCray's sister says she was walking to meet her boyfriend when she was struck crossing West Oglethorpe at South Harding. McCray was carried on the hood of Harris' car 800 feet down West Oglethorpe, until she fell off near the front of the closed American Tax Service building.

A police officer on patrol saw the woman on the hood, and turned to investigate. We drove that distance at the speed limit on West Oglethorpe, to give you an idea of how far a distance McCray was carried. Police say after McCray fell off the car, Harris' car hit the closed business.

Then she continued away from the building, over parking bumpers, where a long oil trail shows her path. At the alley between Oglethorpe and West Highland, Harris's car went through the fence of Dr. Clarence Calhoun's office, across another 50 feet of grass and hit a tree.

The car was so badly damaged in the crash that firefighters had to use the jaws of life to get Harris and Ware out. Harris and Ware were taken by ambulance to the hospital. Harris underwent surgery and is in fair condition. Ware was treated and released.

 Harris was released from the Dougherty County jail last Monday. Police say April 1st Harris was the driver of a Black Mercury Mountaineer that ran through a business parking lot on Stuart Avenue before crashing at Palmyra Road and Schley Avenue. She was charged with eluding police, reckless driving while license suspended in that previous case.

Police say charges in Saturday's crash are pending the completion of their traffic investigation. Natosha McCray is survived by her 14 year old daughter and twin 12 year old sons.

Coroner Michael Fowler said the exact cause of McCray's death is still awaiting toxicology results from the autopsy and further investigation. McCray's family declined to talk with us on camera today.

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