Update: 83-year-old Monroe resident dies in early morning wreck

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An 83-year-old Monroe woman died in an early morning wreck on Highway 78 at Unisia Drive in Monroe. Georgia State Patrol Trooper First Class reported that 83-year-old William Day sustained serious, but non-life threatening, injuries in the wreck and the passenger in his vehicle, Louise Day, also 83, did not survive her injuries. Both were transported to Piedmont Athens Regional Hospital where Louise Day succumbed to her injuries.

Barton said that the accident happened at about 6:51 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 29, 2017. He said a white Explorer, driven by Rodney Phillips, 20, from Winder, was traveling west on Highway 78, turning left onto Unisia Drive. Day was traveling eastbound in a Mercury Grand Marquee. The Explorer traveled into the path of Day’s vehicle.

“The Mercury went off the road and struck a tree,” Barton said. “There were no injuries to Mr. Phillips.

Barton said the GSP accident reconstruction team has been called in and charges are pending, but it is unlikely that the report will be complete for several months.

Initial story

Asst. Fire Chief Bill Owens  with Monroe Fire Department confirms that the wreck on Highway 78 and Unisia drive is a fatality. Highway 78 eastbound is backed up. Avoid this area. Georgia State Patrol is working the accident. Trooper First Class Cal Barton, with GSP, confirms that the driver of one vehicle received non-life threatening injuries and the driver of a second vehicle was not injured. A passenger did not survive injuries sustained in the accident.

Details to follow.

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