Update: Victims in double fatality identified, at-fault driver suspected of being under influence of drugs

No charges to be filed due to at fault-driver not surviving the crash


Georgia State Patrol released the names of the victims in a double fatality involving three vehicles on Tuesday in Walton County. The driver and passenger in a 1995 Ford Escort both died in the wreck. The passenger, Tammy Godwin, 53, died on the scene and the driver, April Ellis, 37,  died while being transported to the hospital. GSP report that Ellis is suspected to have been under the influence of drugs at the time of the crash.

The accident happened just after 5 p.m. on May 7, 2019, on State Route 11 at Bold Springs Road. According to SFC J.M. “Buck” Buchanan, Jr., GSP Post Commander of Post 46 in Walton County, initial indication is that the 1995 Ford Escort operated by Ellis, was traveling east on Bold Springs Road when she failed to yield after stopping at the stop sign on Bold Springs Road and SR 11, pulling into the path of a southbound 2002 Chevrolet Tahoe.

“The Tahoe was operated by Jessie Taylor, 33, of Covington. The front of the Tahoe struck the driver’s side of the Ford Escort in the intersection of State Route 11 and Bold Springs Road,” Buchanan said. “After impact, the Tahoe veered into the northbound left turn lane from State Route 11 leading to Bold Springs Road where it struck a Thomas Concrete of GA Inc. 2017 Mack truck head-on.  The driver of the concrete truck was Jose Claros, 52, of Lawrenceville.”

Buchanan said that Taylor was transported to Piedmont Walton with minor injuries.

“There are no charges pending due to the at-fault driver being deceased,” Buchanan said.


Walton County Sheriff’s Office confirmed that a second person has passed away as a result of the accident that took place Tuesday afternoon in Walton County. They are urging people to be aware that the road is expected to be closed for several hours for reconstruction by Georgia State Patrol accident investigators.

“It is with troubled hearts that we offer our prayers and sympathy to the families,” WCSO wrote on the Facebooke page.

Initial Story

Walton County officials are confirming that there was at least one fatality in an accident Tuesday afternoon in Walton County.

Walton County Fire Rescue and Monroe Fire Department responded to a serious auto accident at Hwy 11 and Bold Springs Road. Two passenger cars and a concrete truck were involved. There was one fatality on the scene, according to Patricia Broughton, spokesperson for Walton County Government. A second patient was life-flighted by air ambulance in very critical condition. The patient who was flown quit breathing while the helicopter was on the scene.
The patient was flown to Piedmont Walton because it was the closest hospital. The accident occurred at 5:15 p.m.

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