According the Georgia Department of Transportation’s website, the number of fatal accidents on Georgia’s roadways has been increasing since 2014. In the year 2015, there were 1432 fatalities, compared to 1170 in 2014. In 2016, that number rose again to 1561. So far in 2017, there have been 1168 tragedies on Georgia roads. The Aiken Standard reports on one of those accidents, which left one person dead and several injured.
An accident involving two vehicles claimed the life of a Harlem, Georgia woman at just after 7 p.m. on Friday. The accident occurred in North Augusta.
Aiken County Coroner identified the deceased as Ashleigh E. Hamilton-Mitchell, 26. She was riding in a vehicle being driven by sister-in-law Kristina Mitchell of Aiken. Other passengers in the vehicle were Mitchell’s husband, Blake Mitchell, and a family friend, 21-year-old Christopher Wilcher.
Grace Bates of Clarks Hill was driving her 2015 Jeep Compass south on Highway 25 when she attempted to turn left from the center lane onto Johnson Road. She struck the Chevy Tahoe, which had previously been traveling north. The impact of the accident was the rear driver’s side door. The force ejected Hamilton-Mitchell, who had not been wearing a safety belt.
The driver and passengers of the Tahoe were all taken to a local hospital. Hamilton-Mitchell later died of multiple traumatic injuries.
The accident is being investigated by the Aiken County Coroner’s Office and the South Carolina Highway Patrol. Toxicology reports on both drivers are still pending.
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