Common sense says that driving on icy or snowy roads makes it a bit more hazardous than clear roadways. Statistics appear to back that belief up, with more than 116,000 Americans being injured and more than 1,300 killed on snowy, slushy, or icy roads each year. If snow or sleet is actively falling, 900 people are killed and 76,000 people are injured in accidents. When the media and local law enforcement advises people to stay at home, it’s a good idea to listen.
The Atlanta Journal and Constitution reports on a fatal accident that occurred after a motorist hit a patch of ice in the recent storm.
22-year-old Antonio Brown of Marietta was driving a Ford F-250 pickup truck along Bobo Road in Paulding County last Wednesday. That’s when he hit a patch of ice while attempting to negotiate a curve.
In a report issued by the Georgia State Patrol, the pickup then failed to maintain its lane and left the roadway. Brown then struck a fence followed by a tree and then a culvert. His vehicle continued driving east. It then struck a parked Ford F-150 that had been left unattended in a driveway.
The F-250 ended up on its side. Brown was pronounced dead at the scene and of his three passengers, one was injured.
The Georgia State Patrol believe that alcohol may have been a factor in the accident.
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