Three Die in Tragic Crashes in Murray County, Georgia (GA)
MURRAY COUNTY, GA- Chatsworthtimes.com writes that three people lost their lives in recent crashes in Murray County. In one incident, a motorcyclist died on Georgia’s Highway 2 while riding on Fort Mountain. The deadly incident was the second fatal motorcycle crash on the mountain in a matter of about two weeks. The victim, a 42-year-old man from Cohutta, was riding a 1990 Harley Davidson Sportster at the time of his tragic death. The victim was reportedly trying to turn left while traveling on a downward incline when he crashed in the evening.*
Two other people died the same day in a crash that occurred in the mid-afternoon. The earlier incident occurred on Georgia 225. The victims were in a 2003 Ford Explorer when they crashed. The SUV rolled and ultimately landed on its passenger side. The driver, identified as an 81-year-old woman from Dalton, and the passenger, a 50-year-old man, both died in the collision.
The Governor’s Office of Highway Safety in Georgia was pleased that for two years in a row, the number of car crash deaths were dropping in the state. From 2017 to 2018, the number of fatalities declined 2.3 percent in Georgia, just about matching the overall drop in traffic-deaths nationally, which was 2.4 percent. Officials stated that the declining numbers were an indication that the state’s hands-free laws were helping keep people safer.
Sadly, the number of fatalities appears to have increased slightly in 2019. While the numbers only increased from 1,504 to 1,507, the downward trend did not continue in the state. Nationally, the numbers did decrease again in 2019 by 1.2 percent.
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