Update: Victims identified in Sunday’s I-20 crash; charges pending


The names of the victims in in the fatal crash that shut down I-20 on Sunday, March 14, 2021, have been released. The vehicle that allegedly set off the chain of events, a silver Toyota RAV4, was driven by Kuan Zhen, 63. He sustained serious injuries and was lifeflighted to an Atlanta Hospital. The vehicle that he hit on the other side of I-20, a Toyota Tacoma, was driven by Darren Horton, 51, of Milledgeville. He and a passenger, Stephane Horton, 48, of Milledgeville, were both killed in the crash. The people in the Chrysler 200, Morgan Green, 27, and two juvenile passengers, only received minor injuries. Green’s vehicle was the one originally hit when Zhen allegedly failed to maintain his lane and ran into their lane.

“Charges are pending at this time. Impairment for drivers is unknown at this time,” Cpl. Cal Barton with Georgia State Patrol said. “The reconstruction team is further investigating.”

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I-20 is shut down in both direction

Georgia State Patrol confirmed that Interstate-20 in Newton County is shut down due to a fatal car crash.

“We can confirm that eastbound and westbound I-20 is shut down,” Cpl. Cal Barton with GSP said. “It’s at mile marker 96, which is between Highway 11, which is the 98, and Georgia 142, which is the 93.”

Barton said it was a double fatality. A vehicle was traveling west on I-20 in the left lane and a second vehicle was traveling in the same direction in the right lane. The first vehicle failed to maintain its lane, hitting the the second vehicle, which was a Chrysler 200, in the rear and left side. When the first vehicle overcorrect to the left, it travelled through the median and struck a Toyota truck that was traveling east on I.20 head on.

Barton said the driver of the first vehicle, make unknown at this time, was lifeflighted to an Atlanta hospital. Two occupants of the Toyota truck did not survive. The condition of the occupants are not known at this time.

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