DeKalb County Chain-Reaction Collision Leaves Two Dead
DEKALB COUNTY, GA. – September 20, 2018 (ajc.com) As reported online by ajc.com, two people were killed September 19 in a chain-reaction collision on Interstate 20 in DeKalb County, Georgia.*
At approximately 11 p.m. on September 19, 52-year-old Louis ReFour, of Snellville, Georgia, was riding a motorcycle eastbound in the HOV lane of I-20 in DeKalb County. Near Gresham Road, a vehicle struck the back of ReFour’s motorcycle. Then, as traffic slowed to avoid the wreck, another rear-end collision occurred involving two cars. The vehicle that was struck from behind crashed into a median wall from the force of impact.
ReFour died at the scene, according to DeKalb Police spokesperson Sgt. J.D. Spencer. The passenger in the vehicle that crashed into the median also died at the scene. She was identified as 20-year-old Carri Thigpen, of Augusta. No one else was seriously injured.
Police reportedly arrested one driver in connection with the death of ReFour. This person has not yet been identified, nor has anyone else involved. The crashes are currently under investigation, and no additional information is available at this time.
According to the Georgia Governor’s Office of Highway Safety, vehicle accidents in DeKalb County have more than doubled in the last several years. In 2012, a total of 15,743 vehicle accidents occurred in the county, leading to 3,775 injuries and 76 deaths. By 2016, those numbers jumped significantly, rising to 39,383 total accidents, 10,158 injuries, and 80 deaths.
Almost half of the fatal vehicle accidents in DeKalb County in 2016 were related to either alcohol (20 accidents) or excessive speeding (17 accidents). Eleven motorcyclists died in vehicle crashes in DeKalb County in 2016.
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