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Georgia Couple Involved in Head-On Crash in McDuffie County; Wife Dies

November 07, 2018

MCDUFFIE COUNTY, GA. – October 31, 2018 ( A Georgia couple was involved in a head-on vehicle crash October 30 in McDuffie County, Georgia, according to an online news report from The wife was sadly killed in the collision.*

On October 30, a Kia Sorento was traveling south in the northbound lanes of Wrens Highway in McDuffie County, Georgia. Near mile marker 1, the Kia collided head-on with a Chevrolet Silverado. 

A passenger in the Chevrolet, 64-year-old Carol Atkinson, was critically injured in the crash and transported to a local hospital, where she was pronounced dead. The driver of the Chevrolet, Atkinson’s husband, 66-year-old Johnny Atkinson, sustained unknown injuries. The driver of the Kia, 21-year-old Cassandra Smith, was also injured. Johnny Atkinson’s and Smith’s current medical conditions have not been reported.  

Officials report that Smith has been charged with driving under the influence and first-degree vehicular homicide. The circumstances of the crash are still not completely clear. The investigation of the crash is ongoing, and no additional information has been released at this time. 

Head-on vehicle collisions represent a small number of the accidents that occur every year in the United States, but they account for a larger percentage of traffic deaths in the country. About 2 percent of all the accidents in the U.S. involve head-on collisions, but these types of accidents cause approximately 10 percent of the nation’s crash-related deaths. Because of the force and nature of these accidents, they lead to more serious injuries and more deaths than many other types of vehicle accidents. 

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