Man apparently died before car crash on Auraria Rd.

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Lumpkin County Coroner James Sheppard

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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Dahlonega man charged with vehicular homicide

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OAKWOOD, Ga. — A 21-year-old Dahlonega man faces a charge of vehicular homicide following a single-vehicle accident that claimed the life of a passenger in his 2002 Nissan Xterra Friday morning.

Paul Stevens was driving south on I-985 near the Plainview Road overpass when he lost control of his vehicle, which then left the roadway, went into the woods and struck a cement block structure before slamming into a tree, according to a Georgia State Patrol press release.

The accident killed 19-year-old Dylan Tuthill, also of Dahlonega, who was pronounced dead at the scene.

Stevens told troopers he fell asleep at the wheel.

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Dahlonega man dies in single-vehicle wreck

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DAHLONEGA, Ga. — A 21-year-old Dahlonega man was killed Sunday in a single-vehicle accident on Coppermine Road in Lumpkin County.

According to the Georgia State Patrol (GSP) report, Russell James Ford was driving south on Coppermine Road in a Ford Ranger SUV when he failed to negotiate a left-hand curve and traveled off onto the west shoulder. When he over corrected, the vehicle rotated counter-clockwise traveling across both lanes and off the east shoulder.

The vehicle traveled down an embankment and struck a large tree with its driver’s door and roof before coming to a rest facing south. Ford was pronounced dead at the scene.

GSP reports he was wearing a seatbelt and airbags were deployed.

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Shooting at Dalton High School

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DALTON, Ga. – The Dalton Police Department is on scene at Dalton High School where shots have been fired.

Dalton Police report that no student was injured by the shooting and all students are out of harm’s way. They also report the subject, a teacher, has been taken into custody.

The subject had barricaded themselves into a classroom earlier today before firing a weapon. Local police and Georgia State Patrol responded to the initial call. Concerning those reports that have come about a student injured during the evacuation, the Dalton Police were adamant that no student was injured by the shooting.

Police are also asking parents to NOT go to Dalton High School as they say, “The area inside the school has been evacuated and there are no students believed to be in the school at this time.”

The evacuated students have been taken to the Northwest Georgia Trade Center where police report parents should go for their children.

 

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Motorcyclist Injured After Police Chase in Dahlonega

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DAHLONEGA, Ga. – What started as a Be On the Lookout (BOLO) for a motorcyclist riding in a reckless manner, ended in a high-speed chase, crash and the arrest of seven of the motorcyclist’s fellow riders.

Lt. Alan Roach of the Lumpkin County Sheriff’s Office reported that a deputy on patrol on Ga. Hwy. 9 received the BOLO then spotted a black motorcycle travelling north near Ben Higgins Road at a high rate of speed.

The deputy activated the lights and siren on his marked patrol vehicle. As the pursuit entered into City of Dahlonega, the driver of the motorcycle lost control and crashed while negotiating a curve.  The responding officers provided medical attention until EMS arrived.

Roach said deputies had difficulty communicating with the unidentified  motorcyclist in an attempt to determine the extent of injuries due to a language barrier.

“He was able to communicate to the officer in some broken English that he was hurting in his hip and also in his shoulder,”  Roach said.  “The officer, of course, immediately kept him stationary and waited for fire and EMS to get there to treat him for the injuries.”

After EMS arrived, the motorcycle rider’s fellow riders arrived on scene to check on him.  The officers checked the identification of the riders and found that seven were operating the motorcycles without a license.

They were arrested and transported to the Lumpkin County Sheriff’s Office Detention center.  The original rider was transported to the hospital for medical treatment.  The accident was turned over to the Georgia State Patrol, and charges are pending on the driver that had been involved in the accident.

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