According to the Department of Transportation, between 2005-2014, there were a total of 5,748,000 automobile accidents. Of those, 22%, or 1,259,000 involved hazardous weather, including rain, snow, and sleet. Annually, 5,900 people are killed and another 445,000 plus have been injured in weather-related accidents. Spring is a time of year when all of these conditions can be seen on roadways and caution needs to be observed when driving in these conditions. The Atlanta Journal and Constitution reported on an accident that injured a sheriff’s deputy and is blamed on DUI and wet roadways.
18-year-old Jarren Rece Clark of Woodstock, Georgia, was driving a Toyota Tacoma pickup truck west on Ga. 115. While trying to negotiate a curve, he veered onto the north shoulder. He then over-corrected and crossed the center line where he hit a Honda Odyssey head-on.
The force of the crash sent the Odyssey into a mailbox and into a yard before it came to rest in a ditch. Clark continued on in the Tacoma down an embankment before spinning counter-clockwise and striking the patrol car of deputy Donald Lewis.
Lewis suffered several broken bones and contusions and is recovering at home.
It was raining at the time of the accident. Clark is facing several charges, including possession of an alcoholic beverage while driving, serious injury by vehicle, failure to maintain lane, driving too fast for conditions, and DUI.
60-year-old Theresa McCain of Ball Ground was driving the Odyssey.
All drivers were wearing seatbelts at the time of the accident.
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