Florida man killed in crash in Lumpkin County

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DAHLONEGA, Ga. – The Georgia State Patrol reported a fatal accident Thursday at the intersection of State Road 11 near Boggs Creek in Lumpkin County.

According to the report, a 2012 Harley Davidson motorcycle, driven by 62 year old Donald Gregory Kurfiss from Groveland, Florida, was traveling south on SR 11 approximately south of Hester’s Gap Road.  The motorcycle was traveling too fast to safely negotiate the sharp, left hand, downhill curve.  The motorcycle crossed the center line and the left northbound lane of SR 11 while rotating clockwise.

According to a witness, the motorcycle straightened up for a brief time and suddenly rotated counter clockwise.  The motorcycle overturned onto its left side while sliding into the right northbound lane.  The right side of the motorcycle and the driver of the motorcycle struck the front of a 2016 Honda Accord, which was traveling north on SR 11 in the right lane.  The Honda Accord was driven by Vinai Wu, a 51 year old male from Buford.

Drugs and alcohol are not believed to be a factor in this crash.

 

 

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BREAKING: Fatal motor vehicle accident in Lumpkin County

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Georgia State Patrol has confirmed one fatality as a result of a two-vehicle accident on highway US-129 North, one mile from the Lumpkin/Union County line. The wreck occurred when the driver of the motorcycle swerved across the yellow lines into on coming traffic. Details to follow. According to the Lumpkin County Sheriff’s Office, the road has been shut down, and drivers are advised to take an alternate route, “Please take an alternate route when traveling this area. Please keep all involved in your prayers.”

Official press release from GSP: ”

On 8/28/18 at approximately 1512 hours, there was a two vehicle crash on SR 11 near MM 9 in Lumpkin County. Vehicle 1 was traveling north on SR 11. Vehicle 2 was traveling south on SR 11. Driver 1 was traveling too fast for conditions and failed to maintain his lane. Driver 1 lost control of his vehicle and the vehicle traveled on its right side into the southbound lane of SR 11. Vehicle 2 struck vehicle 1 with the front of vehicle 2.

Vehicle 1, a green Kawasaki motorcycle driven by a Mr. Matthew Cohen of Alpharetta, Georgia traveled too fast for conditions (sharp curves) and traveled into the opposite lane of travel. Vehicle 2, a white GMC van driven by Mr. Kevin Rose struck Mr. Cohen.  Mr. Matthew Cohen received fatal injuries.”

 

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Dahlonega man killed in crash on Morrison Moore

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DAHLONEGA, Ga. – An early-morning, two-vehicle crash on Morrison Moore Parkway one-half mile north of Pink Dogwood Lane claimed the life of a 56-year-old Dahlonega man today (July 6).

An incident report filed by Georgia State Patrol Post 37 indicates that Joseph Angelo Chiero was killed when his Hyundai Sonata was struck head-on by a Toyota Camry driven by Margaret Riches, 26 also of Dahlonega.

The report states that Riches was driving north on Morrison Moore and, for an unknown reason, crossed the center line and struck the Hyundai head-on. The Sonata traveled onto the west shoulder and overturned onto its left side. Chiero was not wearing a seatbelt and was partially ejected.  He was pronounced dead at the scene.

A third vehicle, a 2017 Chevrolet Cruz driven by Mr. Brandon Roscoe Nix, 36 of Dahlonega, was traveling south on SR 9 and struck several large pieces of the crash debris.  He was uninjured.

Riches was transported to Northeast Georgia Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries.  She was charged with failure to maintain lane and second-degree vehicular homicide.

 

 

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GSP gearing up for holiday travel period

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ATLANTA—Georgia State Troopers are gearing up for the July Fourth holiday travel period. The holiday period begins at 6 p.m. today (July 3) and lasts for 30 hours, ending at 11:59 p.m. on July Fourth.

Last year, the holiday period was 102 hours long. The Georgia State Patrol investigated 645 traffic crashes that resulted in 323 injuries, and nine fatalities. Additionally, troopers issued 9,983 citations, 14,767 warnings, and made 288 DUI arrests.

“During the travel period, troopers will be on high visibility patrols watching for those who are driving impaired or distracted, not wearing seat belts, and other traffic violations that could potentially cause a traffic crash,” said Colonel Mark W. McDonough, Commissioner of the Georgia Department of Public Safety. “Also, please keep in mind as you travel, that beginning July 1, Georgia law will prohibit all drivers from using hand-held cell phones while driving,” he added.

“During this time of year, troopers report that impaired driving is one of the leading contributing factors in a majority of the fatal traffic crashes that they investigate,” Colonel McDonough said. During the July Fourth holiday period, the Georgia State Patrol will be participating in the Operation Zero Tolerance campaign against impaired drivers, where state troopers will be working alongside sheriff’s deputies and police officers to apprehend impaired drivers.

The holiday traffic count will be updated throughout the holiday period on the Georgia Department of Public Safety Twitter page: https://twitter.com/ga_dps.

 

 

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Man apparently died before car crash on Auraria Rd.

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DAHLONEGA, Ga. – Lumpkin County Coroner James Sheppard said it appears a Dahlonega man apparently died before his car crashed on Auraria Road in Lumpkin County early Saturday morning.

According to the coroner’s report, 44-year-old Christopher G. Mitchell, of 129 Eagles Pointe Drive in Dahlonega, was driving north on Auraria Road near the intersection of Burt Stand Road when he failed to negotiate a left-hand curve and continued into a small ravine before coming to a rest.

Sheppard said there were no external injuries to the victim and no braking marks that are indicative of a braking attempt. The vehicle remained in this location, just slightly below the roadway, for several hours until daylight. An unknown caller to 911 indicated that a vehicle had an accident and Lumpkin County Sheriff’s Office and the Georgia State Patrol responded.

Sheppard said the vehicle transmission was still in the “drive” position and the emergency brake had not been set. He pronounced Mitchell dead at the scene.

After consultation with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, it was determined the body would be sent to the GBI crime lab in Decatur for a complete autopsy to determine the cause of death.

 

 

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Dawsonville man killed in single-vehicle wreck

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DAHLONEGA, Ga. – A Dawsonville man was killed in a single-vehicle traffic accident on Hwy. 52 West Monday night near its intersection with Applewood Lane in Lumpkin County.

The deceased was identified by Lumpkin County Coroner Jim Sheppard as 52-year-old Jeffrey Wayne Disharoon, of 47 Betts Mine Road in Dawson County.

According to a Georgia State Patrol incident report, Disharoon was the driver of a Ford Econoline van traveling west on state Road 52 when it failed to negotiate a left-hand curve, overturned and struck a tree with its top. The van came to rest on its right side facing south on the north shoulder of SR 52.

Tambra Nelson, 55, of Lumpkin County, was a front-seat passenger in the van. She was transported to Northeast Georgia Medical Center in Gainesville where she was treated for unknown injuries.

The report indicates that both victims had their seatbelts on and that drugs and alcohol are not suspected to be a factor in this crash.

 

 

 

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Dahlonega woman charged with vehicular homicide

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DAHLONEGA, Ga. — A 22-year-old Dahlonega woman is charged with DUI, first degree vehicular homicide and reckless driving following a single-vehicle crash Sunday on Hightower Road just south of Miles Berry Road that killed a passenger in her car.

Georgia State Patrol (GSP) reports that Lindsey C. LeBarron was driving a 2012 GMC Canyon when the vehicle traveled off the east side of road and hit a utility pole, killing Jason M. Caldwell, 40, of Dahlonega. GSP reports that LeBarron continued to drive half a mile before stopping.

LeBarron was found in the driver’s seat with no apparent injuries. She is charged with first-degree homicide by vehicle, DUI, reckless driving, failing to maintain lane and not wearing a seat belt.

Additional charges are pending. The GSP Specialized Collision Reconstruction Team is conducting a follow-up investigation.

 

 

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Lumpkin County deputy injured in Sunday crash

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CLEVELAND, Ga. — A Lumpkin County deputy on his way home following his shift Sunday morning was injured in a three-vehicle accident on Hwy. 115 just inside the White County line.

The Georgia State Patrol incident report indicates the deputy, Donald Lewis, and the driver of a Honda Minivan were traveling east on Hwy. 115 while the driver of a Toyota Tacoma was driving west.

The driver of the Toyota traveled off onto the shoulder of the road then over corrected, crossed the center line and struck the minivan. The deputy’s patrol car was struck by the Tacoma in the right side.

All three drivers were transported to Northeast Georgia Medical Center. The deputy has a broken right foot and right hand. The at-fault driver is 18 years of age. He is being charged with failure to maintain lane, driving under the influence under 21 years of age, possession of alcohol under 21 and serious injury by vehicle.

 

 

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