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Tragic, Fatal Motor Vehicle Accident in Porterdale, Georgia

June 23, 2022

PORTERDALE, GEORGIA - According to an accident news report published on, the accident investigation into the recent Porterdale fatal wreck continues.*

Georgia State Patrol stated that it was continuing its investigation into a fatal accident that killed a man from Conyers. The victim's motor vehicle hit a power pole as he tried to flee from Newton County Sheriff's Office deputies in downtown Porterdale. The driver struck a power pole on North Broad Street at East Palmetto Street. The 26-year-old was tragically killed in the one-car accident on North Broad Street in Porterdale.

The car accident caused damage to power lines and a traffic signal in downtown Porterdale. This caused additional traffic congestion on the two-lane road.

The Newton County Sheriff's Office contacted the Georgia State Patrol to investigate the accident. A preliminary investigation revealed that the driver was running from Newton County Sheriff's Office deputies. As the motorist tried to navigate a left-hand curve along North Broad Street, the car left the road, hit an embankment, and then crashed into a light pole, and the driver was thrown from their vehicle. He was pronounced dead at the accident scene. The Georgia State Patrol is continuing its accident investigation this week. 

A Georgia Power spokesperson stated on Friday that no customers suffered power outages, although some Porterdale city officials thought the light pole could fall and cause a power outage. Georgia Power spokesman John Kraft stated that their crews responded to the accident scene to inspect its facilities by the motor vehicle accident site. Mr. Kraft stated that Georgia Power crews put in a new power pole and transferred the electric wires to the new pole. Temporary stop signs were used at intersections until a new traffic signal could be placed. 

City Manager Frank Etheridge reported that a replacement traffic signal would be operational around by June 23. He also reported that the Georgia Department of Transportation would install wooden poles and traffic lights between the poles. Supply chain issues might delay the delivery of the permanent traffic signal mast arms. 

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