Pickup truck crashes into building on Hwy. 53

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DAWSONVILLE, Ga. – On Friday, June 29, a 2001 GMC Sierra driven by 36-year-old Jeremy Robert Kittle of Dahlonega was traveling east on Highway 53 in Dawson County when it crossed the middle lane and ran into a building at 300 Dawson Commons Circle.

Neither the driver nor his passenger, Jessica Kittle, 33, nor anyone inside the building was injured.

According to a report by the Georgia State Patrol, the driver suffered some type of medical condition that caused the wreck. Kittle’s vehicle struck a curb then the building and came to a rest with half the vehicle inside the building.

The incident was investigated by the Georgia State Patrol Office in Cumming.

Dawson County Fire Chief/EMA Director Danny Thompson  said a fire engine and Med 2 responded to the incident and secured the vehicle and building.

 

 

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GSP gearing up for holiday travel period

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ATLANTA—Georgia State Troopers are gearing up for the July Fourth holiday travel period. The holiday period begins at 6 p.m. today (July 3) and lasts for 30 hours, ending at 11:59 p.m. on July Fourth.

Last year, the holiday period was 102 hours long. The Georgia State Patrol investigated 645 traffic crashes that resulted in 323 injuries, and nine fatalities. Additionally, troopers issued 9,983 citations, 14,767 warnings, and made 288 DUI arrests.

“During the travel period, troopers will be on high visibility patrols watching for those who are driving impaired or distracted, not wearing seat belts, and other traffic violations that could potentially cause a traffic crash,” said Colonel Mark W. McDonough, Commissioner of the Georgia Department of Public Safety. “Also, please keep in mind as you travel, that beginning July 1, Georgia law will prohibit all drivers from using hand-held cell phones while driving,” he added.

“During this time of year, troopers report that impaired driving is one of the leading contributing factors in a majority of the fatal traffic crashes that they investigate,” Colonel McDonough said. During the July Fourth holiday period, the Georgia State Patrol will be participating in the Operation Zero Tolerance campaign against impaired drivers, where state troopers will be working alongside sheriff’s deputies and police officers to apprehend impaired drivers.

The holiday traffic count will be updated throughout the holiday period on the Georgia Department of Public Safety Twitter page: https://twitter.com/ga_dps.

 

 

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Charges pending on driver of Malibu that was involved in a four-vehicle crash that injured six

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DAWSONVILLE, Ga. – The Georgia State Patrol released a report today (June 25) that indicates charges are pending against the driver of a Chevrolet Malibu that was involved in a four-vehicle crash on State Road 53 Thursday that resulted in serious injuries to six people.

Sergeant First Class Curtis W. Bradshaw of the Georgia State Patrol, reports at approximately 5:16 p.m., troopers were dispatched to a multi-vehicle crash on SR 53 near Buddy Burt Road in Dawson County.

A Chevrolet Malibu, driven by 28-year-old Ashley Nicole Jett from Dawsonville, was traveling north on SR 53 in the area of Buddy Burt in the left lane at a high rate of speed. Jett was attempting to negotiate a right hand curve when she lost control of the Malibu on the wet roadway.  The Malibu rotated clockwise before sliding sideways across the centerline into the southbound lane of SR 53.

A Toyota Prius, driven by 45-year-old Christopher Mackey Kelly from Demorest, was traveling south on SR 53 in this same area.  After the Malibu crossed the centerline, the front of the Prius struck the right side of the Malibu.

A Honda Pilot, driven by 49-year old Sarah Elizabeth Griggs from Dawsonville, was traveling south on SR 53 behind the Prius.  After the impact with the Prius, the Malibu rotated counter clockwise and the front of the Malibu struck the front of the Honda Pilot.

A Kia Forte, driven by 38-year-old Clinton Lee Decker from Dawsonville, was traveling north on SR 53 behind the Malibu.  The Forte became involved in the crash when it ran over debris from the crash in the roadway.

Jett and her front seat passenger, 27 year old Robert Wallace from Dawsonville, were both ejected from the Malibu at some point.  Wallace was not wearing his seat belt.  It is believed that Jett was wearing her seat belt, but the seat belt broke resulting in her ejection.  Jett was airlifted to Grady Memorial Hospital with serious injuries. Wallace was transported to Northeast Georgia Medical Center with serious injuries.

Kelly was transported to Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta with his seven-year-old son.  The front seat passenger in the Prius, 43 year old Kathryn Kaplan Kelly from Demorest, was transported to Northeast Georgia Medical Center.  Both were wearing their seat belts.  The seven-year-old male was properly restrained in a child seat.  All three had injuries that were believed to be non-life threatening.

Griggs was wearing her seat belt and was transported to Northeast Georgia Medical Center with what was believed to be non-life threatening injuries.

Decker was wearing his seat belt and was not injured.

The crash occurred just after a rain storm and the roadway was wet at the time of the crash.

Witnesses reported that it appeared that Jett and Wallace may have been arguing or fighting just before the crash.  Witnesses also reported that Jett was driving very fast for the wet road conditions just prior to the crash.

There was no evidence that alcohol or drugs played a part in this crash.

Charges are pending in this crash.

 

 

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Six people injured in crash on Hwy. 53 Thursday

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DAWSONVILLE Ga.—Georgia State Patrol is investigating a two vehicle accident that injured six people today at approximately 5:30 p.m. The accident took place near Dell Conner Construction and Buddy Burt Road.

Dawson County Emergency Services Director Danny Thompson said six patients were injured and all are in critical condition.

Thompson said one person was life flighted to Grady Memorial Hospital and a child was taken to Children’s Health Care of Atlanta Scottish Rite.

Hwy. 53 remained closed for almost two hours.

Fetch Your News will have more details as they become available.

 

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One student killed, 20 injured in school bus crash

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DAWSONVILLE, Ga. — A Dawson County teenager was killed this morning and 20 students injured when a passenger car ran head-on into a Hall County school bus on Thompson Bridge Road in Hall County.

The deceased student has been identified as Summer Faith Anderson, 13, a seventh-grader at Dawson County Middle School who was in the passenger car. An unidentified fifth-grader at Kilough Elementary School was also injured and transported to Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta.

Multiple injuries were reported to the passengers on the school bus which was transporting students to Mount Vernon Elementary. They were taken to Northeast Georgia Medical Center in Gainesville.

The accident occurred on Thompson Bridge Road near Yellow Creek Road.

Georgia State Patrol is investigating. No other details are available at this time. Fetch Your News will provide further details when they become available.

In a formal statement to parent, guardians and staff, School Superintendent Dr. Damon Gibbs said: “I am writing with great sadness to inform you that one of our students, Summer Anderson, was in an automobile accident this morning and has passed away. Our thoughts and sympathies are with Summer’s family and friends.

“Members of our Crisis Response Team are available to meet with students individually and in groups today as well as over the coming days and weeks. Please contact the school office if you feel your child is in need of additional assistance; we have a list of school and community mental health resources.”

 

 

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Fannin County firefighter killed by falling tree

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DAWSONVILLE, Ga. — A Fannin County volunteer firefighter was killed Monday afternoon when a tree fell on his pickup truck on state Route 136 near Clear Creek Road.

Georgia State Patrol identified the man as 47-year-old Stanley Richard Henson who was in Dawson County working another job as a truck driver when the accident happened.

Georgia State Patrol Trooper Chris Jones responded to the accident. He said there was nothing Henson could have done differently to save himself.

He leaves behind a wife, who is also a Fannin County volunteer firefighter, and two teenage children.

Funeral plans have not yet been finalized.

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Shooting at Dalton High School

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DALTON, Ga. – The Dalton Police Department is on scene at Dalton High School where shots have been fired.

Dalton Police report that no student was injured by the shooting and all students are out of harm’s way. They also report the subject, a teacher, has been taken into custody.

The subject had barricaded themselves into a classroom earlier today before firing a weapon. Local police and Georgia State Patrol responded to the initial call. Concerning those reports that have come about a student injured during the evacuation, the Dalton Police were adamant that no student was injured by the shooting.

Police are also asking parents to NOT go to Dalton High School as they say, “The area inside the school has been evacuated and there are no students believed to be in the school at this time.”

The evacuated students have been taken to the Northwest Georgia Trade Center where police report parents should go for their children.

 

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Cumming Woman Charged in Hit-And-Run Death

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Sherri Lynn Jennings

CUMMING, Ga. – A Cumming woman has been arrested in connection with the hit-and-run death of 80-year-old Bobby Eugene Wells of Dawsonville Oct. 9 on Dawson Forest Road in Dawson County.

The Georgia State Patrol Post 37, Georgia State Patrol Specialized Collision  Reconstruction Team, along with investigators from the Dawson County District Attorney’s Office, Dawson County Sheriff’s Office,  Dawson County Communications, and Lanier Technical College Police, arrested Sherri Lynn  Jennings, 44, of Cumming Wednesday.

Jennings is charged with homicide by vehicle, first degree hit and run, fnailure to report an accident and failure to maintain lane in connection with the incident.

The vehicle in the suspected hit and run was located by investigators at an address inside Forsyth County on Wednesday.

Further Details will be forthcoming at a later date as the incident is still under investigation.

 

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