The Georgia Department of Public Safety report that a total of 17 people died on Georgia roads over the 4th of July weekend, including a 15-year-old Gwinnett County girl who was killed in a Dawsonville accident involving a 21-year-old from Loganville.
According to Georgia State Patrol, the accident happened at 9:25 p.m. on July 4, at the intersection of Lumpkin Campground Road and Industrial Park Road in north Georgia. Brayden Lewis Clark, 21, the driver of a 2001 Dodge Ram, was traveling south on Lumpkin Campground Road and allegedly failed to stop at at the intersection, colliding with a 2006 Acura TSX that was traveling west on Industrial Park Road. GSP report that the Acura stopped at the stop sign and then was struck in the front passenger’s side when it proceeded to try and move through the intersection. Eliza Farrell, 15, of Suwanee, was fatally injured. There were four occupants in the car, which was driven by Xavier Sanchez, 16. Rachel Rajczak and Kevin Arias were the other passengers. Clark was taken to Northeast Georgia Medical Center.
GSP report that charges are pending following the completion of a GSP Specialized Collision Reconstruction Team. Troopers are investigation whether alcohol may have been involved.
In total, GSP troopers investigated 620 traffic crashes that resulted in 260 injuries and 11 fatalities during the 102-hour 4th of July holiday travel period. In addition six other fatalities were investigated by the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office, Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office, Gwinnett County Police Department, Columbus Police Department and Atlanta Police Department. In addition to the traffic crash investigations, 294 people were arrested for driving under the influence, while 9,945 citations and 14,767 warnings were issued.
This year, the holiday travel period was 102 hours long. It began at 6 p.m. on Friday, June 30, and ended at 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday, July 4. Last year, the travel period was only 78 hours long.