LUMPKIN CO., GA
A motor-vehicle accident at the intersection of Cleveland Highway and Copper Mines Road, on October 2, has resulted in a fatality, according to reports.
The two vehicle-crash included a black 2004 Toyota Tacoma and a gray 2012 Honda Pilot. The driver of the Tacoma was Austin Durham (19) of Cleveland, GA, and the driver of the Honda Pilot was Dawsonville resident, William Dorris (72). Audie Dorris (59) of Dawsonville, GA, was the right-seat passenger.
In a report released by Georgia State Patrol Sergeant, Casey Coffee, Durham was traveling west in the left eastbound lane of SR 115, and Dorris was traveling east in the left eastbound lane of SR 115, when Durham failed to maintain his lane of travel and was driving on the wrong side of the roadway. According to one source, Durham had fallen asleep while driving home from work when the front of his Tacoma struck Dorris’ Pilot; the area of impact was in the left eastbound lane of SR 115.
After impact, the Tacoma entered an uncontrolled, clockwise rotation, before coming to a stop partially in westbound and eastbound lanes of SR 115, while facing northeast. The Pilot rotated in an uncontrolled, counter-clockwise direction, while it exited the roadway and stopped facing northeast, partially in the westbound lane and north shoulder of SR 115.
Durham was transported to Northeast Georgia Medical Center for treatment of non life-threatening injuries. He was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash and will be charged with: Second Degree Vehicular Homicide, Failure to Maintain Lane, Driving on the Wrong Side of the Roadway, and for not wearing his seat belt.
According to eye witnesses, William and Audie Dorris were life-flighted to NEGMC for treatment of serious injuries; Audie Dorris passed away after arriving at the hospital. Both occupants were wearing their seatbelts.
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