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Teen Killed in Accident on the Lincoln County / Columbia County Bridge in Georgia

August 08, 2018

LINCOLN COUNTY, GA- The reports that a teenage girl was tragically killed in a collision that took place on the Lincoln County/Columbia County bridge. The victim was identified as Sarah Rhodes of Evans Georgia. Rhodes was 17-years-old.*

Rhodes was operating a BMW and was driving on her way to Camp Lakeside, where she was a volunteer for a camp for special needs children when she collided head-on with a logging truck. Andy Smalley was the driver of the truck. 

Head on collisions are devastating because of the massive force involved when two vehicles strike one another while traveling in opposite directions. Another problem with these crashes is that they often end up killing drivers who are entirely innocent of any irresponsible driving behavior. In one survey, 42% of “innocent drivers” killed in car crashes were killed in head-oncollisions. The reason for this is largely that once a driver traveling the opposite direction from a vehicle swerves or veers into the lane of an oncoming vehicle, the other driver has little or no time to react or to make any type of evasive move. Because of how quickly this occurs, even the most attentive driver can be caught off guard and with no chance to react. 

Many of these crashes are caused by distracted driverswho drifted over a center line while traveling on a straight road. The drivers who cause head-on collisions may only take their eyes off the road for a matter of seconds to glance at a phone, because they are drowsy and nodded off, or because they were fiddling with a radio. Unfortunately, the momentary distraction is enough to cause a devastating crash. 

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