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TIFTON -- A third person severely injured in an accident on I-75 Sunday died of her injuries Thursday at the Medical Center of Central Georgia in Macon.

Shemie Hinds, 22, of Miami, Fla., was the goalkeeper for the women's soccer team that was returning from a weekend game in Stone Mountain when the accident occurred just south of Exit 82 in Turner County.

Two others, Sasja Odenyo, a young player form Sweden, and Teresa Went, an orthopedic trainer, also from Sweden, died earlier of their injuries.

Dulce Cotto and Sieglinde Rivas were listed Friday as being discharged from Tift Regional Medical Center.

Morais Witter was listed in stable condition Friday at Phoebe Putney Medical Center in Albany. Erica Jaderblom was listed in critical condition Friday. She remains in the Surgical Intensive Care Unit at Phoebe.

Agents with the Georgia State Patrol's Specialized Collision Reconstruction Team have not completed their investigation of the accident.

Many of the players were Florida International University students. Players with the Florida Rockets and Hardballers teams out of the Broward Women's Soccer League joined to play in the Stone Mountain tournament. The team won the game 7-0.

Teresa Mujica of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., is the manager of the Florida Rockets. She said Friday that the families of the deceased were waiting for their bodies to be returned to their homes before services were held.

"There is a small memorial shrine at Teresa Went's parents' home. She lived with them," said Mujica Friday. "The league is setting up a fund for the parents and families to be able to take care of expenses because they had no insurance."

Mujica said she is keeping in touch with those who were involved in the accident and their families. She believes that many of the survivors will need counseling to overcome the tragedy.

"Some of the players who were injured or got out of the accident, we are noticing they are going to need some professional assistance," said Mujica. "Some of them are really off from this and we are trying to find some assistance for them."

Mujica said she had the ominous duty of calling Odenyo's parents and telling them their daughter had died.

"It was hard, but it was something I had to do," said Mujica.

Mujica said the soccer league has added a moment of silence before every game to remember those injured or killed in the accident and a fund has been established to help the families with expenses.

"We have donation sites and newspaper articles to gather funds for the people," said Mujica.

The Florida Rockets team is not currently playing in the league, but Majica said some of the players "do want to come to the field and find some kind of unity from being there."

"This will never be forgotten," said Mujica. "I was just driving yesterday and the thought came in my head that our angels have just gone home. That is the only relief I can get from this."

Anyone interested in contributing to the Florida Rockets Family Assistance Fund can do so by mailing donations to BWSL c/o Heather Anquillare, 12008 Washington St., Penbrook Pines, Fla., 33025.



To contact reporter Angie Thompson, call 382-4321, ext. 208.



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