Dahlonega man charged with vehicular homicide in fatal crash Monday

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DAHLONEGA, Ga — On March 26, 2019, at approximately 11:57 hours, Troopers from the Cumming Post of the Georgia State Patrol were called to investigate a fatal crash in Lumpkin County on SR 9/SR 52 (Morrison Moore Parkway) at Auraria Road.

A 2004 Dodge Durango, driven by 74 year old David Woodburn Davis from Dahlonega, was towing a 1980 homemade utility trailer and was turning left from SR 9/SR 52 (Morrison Moore Parkway) onto Auraria Road.  A 2018 JIAJUE JJ150T-26 motorcycle, driven by 68 year old Loyd Randall Ash from Dahlonega, was traveling east on SR 9/SR 52 (Morrison Moore Parkway) toward Dahlonega.

The Dodge Durango turned left in front of the motorcycle.  The motorcycle struck the left side of the trailer being towed by the Dodge Durango.  Mr. Ash was pronounced deceased at the scene.

Mr. Davis was arrested at the scene, was charged with failure to yield while turning left and homicide by vehicle (2nd degree), and was transported to the Lumpkin County Jail.  Mr. Davis was not injured in the crash.

Mr. Ash was wearing a motorcycle helmet at the time of the crash and did possess a motorcycle permit to operate the motorcycle.

 

 

 

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Georgia State Patrol reminds drivers to be safe St. Patrick’s Day weekend

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ATLANTA — St. Patrick’s Day is this weekend, and the Georgia State Patrol is reminding partygoers to put safety first. State troopers will be on patrols keeping an eye out for impaired drivers and any other traffic violations that could potentially cause a crash.

“St. Patrick’s Day is one of those holidays where troopers see a spike in impaired driving,” said Colonel Mark W. McDonough, Commissioner of the Georgia Department of Public Safety. “Driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs is against Georgia law and compromises the safety of everyone on the road, so if you drive impaired you will be arrested,” he added.

Last year, during St. Patrick’s Day weekend (March 16-18, 2018), Georgia State Troopers investigated 304 crashes that resulted in 178 injuries and six fatalities. In addition, troopers arrested 196 people for driving under the influence and issued a total of 2,554 citations and 3,195 warnings.

The best way to prevent alcohol-related traffic deaths during this holiday is careful planning. “Partygoers should have a plan for getting home safely if they choose to drink alcohol,” said Colonel McDonough. “Designate a sober driver or make other arrangements to get home by taxi or rideshare service,” he added.

If you are the designated driver, make sure you keep an eye out for pedestrians. Also, drive carefully and defensively. You may be sober, but that may not be true for the other drivers or pedestrians on the roads. If you suspect someone is driving impaired, do not hesitate to notify local law enforcement. You could save someone’s life.

In addition to planning a safe ride home, partygoers should stay hydrated and not leave their drinks unattended. Party hosts should serve lots of food, have non-alcoholic beverage choices, keep a watchful eye on their guests, and have the phone number of local cab companies on hand should someone need them. But most importantly, if you see someone who is about to drive impaired, try to help them make other arrangements to get home safe.

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Two people injured in Monday morning crash on Burntstand Road

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LUMPKIN COUNTY, Ga. – A three-vehicle accident on Burntstand Road at 6:24 a.m. today (Feb. 18) sent two people to Northeast Georgia Medical Center in Gainesville with undisclosed injuries.

According to the Georgia State Patrol accident report, a 1996 GMC Sierra driven by Tiffany Raines, 18, of Dahlonega, was traveling west on Burntstand Road when it crossed the centerline and struck the passenger side of 2000 Ford F150 pickup truck driven by 61-year-old James Dowdy, also of Dahlonega.

Following impact, the Sierra rotated counterclockwise and traveled off the north shoulder of the roadway coming to a final rest facing west and catching fire.

The pickup truck rotated counterclockwise and traveled down an embankment off the south shoulder of Burntstand Road, coming to rest facing north.

The third vehicle, a 2014 Honda Odyssey driven by 30-year-old Autumn Hart of Dahlonega was traveling behind the pickup truck and its front and windshield area were struck by debris from the wreck.

Raines as charged with failure to maintain lane.

 

 

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Dahlonega man charged with DUI in wreck that injured motorcyclist

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DAHLONEGA, Ga. –– Benjamin Jacob Bruner, 20, of Athens was seriously injured Tuesday when the Suzuki motorcycle he was riding struck the rear end of a Dodge Dakota that was backing out of a private driveway on Ben Higgins Road.

According to the Georgia State Patrol, witnesses said the Dodge Dakota, driven by 63-year-old James Phillip Holbrook backed directly into Bruner’s path and was struck in the right rear.

Holbrook, was not injured but was charged with DUI, failure to yield when entering or crossing a roadway, improper backing, driving under the influence and serious injury by vehicle.

Bruner, was transported to Northeast Georgia Medical Center in Gainesville by Lumpkin County EMS for suspected serious injuries sustained in the crash.

Holbrook was wearing his seatbelt at the time of the crash. Bruner was wearing a motorcycle helmet at the time of the crash.

 

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Motorcyclist injured, Helen man charged with failure to yield right of way in Sunday crash on Hwy. 365

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HALL COUNTY, Ga. – A motorcyclist was injured when she was struck by a pickup truck driven by Adrian Surowiecki of Helen Sunday.

According to the Georgia State Patrol accident report, Surowiecki, 36, was attempting to make a left turn onto Jaemor Farm Road from Ga. 365 southbound when he struck the northbound motorcycle driven by Audrey Courson, 43, of Lawrenceville.

The motorcycle overturned on impact and came to rest in the northbound lane.

Surowiecki and the three passengers in his truck were uninjured. He was charged with failure to yield the right of way.

Courson was wearing a helmet, according to Hedden and the extent of her injuries is unknown at this time.

The incident closed the northbound lane for more than an hour.

 

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Dahlonega man killed in Saturday morning wreck

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TOCCOA, Ga. – A Dahlonega man was killed and his brother-in-law faces charges following a Saturday morning crash on Ga. 17/365.

Sr. Trooper John Crawford of the Georgia State Patrol Post 7 in Toccoa reported that Anwar Rathore, 20, of Dahlonega was driving a Mercedes-Benz 300D south on Ga. 17/365 in the left turn lane at Jeanette Jamieson Intersection when he turned in front of an oncoming vehicle.

Rathore’s vehicle was struck in the passenger side by a northbound Dodge Ram pickup truck driven by Ruth Jimenz Rhodes, 67, of Crawfordville.

The wreck claimed the life of John Michael Wayne Vega, 28, also of Dahlonega who was a front seat passenger in the Mercedes driven by Rathore, his brother-in-law.

Rathore suffered non-life-threatening injuries and was transported to Northeast Georgia Medical Center in Gainesville.

Rhodes also suffered non-life threatening injuries and was transported to Stephens County Hospital in Toccoa.

Crawford said the Georgia Department of Public Safety Troop B Specialized Collision Reconstruction Team is investigating the crash and charges are pending against Rathore.

 

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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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LUMPKIN CO., GA

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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