Monday morning saw tragedy strike on Interstate 85 in Flowery Branch.
A record-setting college quarterback and Heisman Trophy finalist lost his life in an early morning accident on I-85.
The accident occurred slightly before 4:45 a.m. just north of the Flowery Branch overpass.
Gwinnett County police reported that 48-year-old Michael Dowis was traveling south in the northbound lanes of the interstate in his 2014 BMW. He pulled into the center median and began backing up.
As Dowis was backing up, he was struck by a 2015 Subaru being driven by 22-year-old Jeremy Weiss.
Weiss was transported to Northeast Georgia Medical Center in Braselton as the Accident Investigative Unit arrived at the scene. Dowis died at the scene of the accident.
It is unclear why Dowis was traveling in the wrong direction on the interstate.
Dowis had been a record-setting quarterback for the Air Force Academy Falcons football team. In 1989, Dowis placed sixth in the voting for the Heisman Trophy. He is the all-time rushing leader for the Falcons with 3,612 yards, which set an NCAA record at the time. Dowis holds a few Air Force records, including scoring six touchdowns in a game and scoring 252 points in his career.
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