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Tire Blowout Leads to Two-Vehicle Crash in Gainesville, Georgia

August 30, 2018

GAINESVILLE, GA. – August 26, 2018 ( A two-vehicle crash August 25 in Gainesville, Georgia, started with a tire blowout, according to an online news report from*

On August 25, 37-year-old Delisa Martinez-Santiago, of Norcross, Georgia, was driving southbound on Interstate 985. Near the Friendship Road Exit in Gainesville, a tire on her vehicle blew, and she lost control while driving in the left lane. Her vehicle left the roadway, struck the median cable barrier, rolled several times, then struck a southbound vehicle. Both vehicles came to a stop in the roadway and had to be towed from the scene. 

Martinez-Santiago was transported to Gwinnett Medical Center. The driver of the southbound vehicle, 18-year-old Taylor Dozetos, of Griffin, Georgia, was transported Northeast Georgia Medical Center in Braselton, Georgia. Georgia State Patrol said neither driver sustained serious injuries. 

Martinez-Santiago was reportedly charged with failure to maintain a lane. During preliminary investigation, officials discovered Dozetos had a suspended vehicle registration and no automobile insurance, and they charged Dozetos in connection with those violations. No additional information has been released about the accident at this time. 

Only one day before the crash, another wreck occurred at nearly the same area of I-985. This crash occurred at the Mundy Mill Road Exit and involved three vehicles. The driver of a Ford Expedition, 60-year-old Rufus Larkin, of Flowery Branch, Georgia, lost control of his vehicle as he exited I-985 North and traveled off the roadway. He hit a guardrail and crashed into another vehicle, then struck a concrete median, rolled over, and hit a third vehicle. 

Rufus sustained serious injuries and was transported to Northeast Georgia Medical Center. A second person, who was not identified, was also transported to the hospital with injuries. 

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