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Mathews Woman Killed in Crash in McDuffie County, Georgia

November 15, 2018

MCDUFFIE COUNTY, GA- The writes that a woman was killed in a crash in McDuffie County. The victim, 64-year-old Carol Atkinson from Mathews died on Tuesday, October 30, 2018, when the car she was traveling in was hit by another vehicle.*

The driver of the other vehicle was identified as Cassandra Smith, 21, of Dearing. Smith was on Georgia Highway 17 traveling southbound in the northbound lane in her 2018 Kia Sorento. Atkinson and her husband were in a 2012 Chevrolet Silverado traveling northbound when Smith crossed into their lane and hit the Chevrolet head-on. 

The Kia went down an embankment while the Chevrolet ended up across two lanes. 

Following the collision, Smith claimed not to know what had happened. Johnny Atkinson, who was driving the Chevrolet, said that he attempted to avoid Smith’s vehicle when it entered his lane but was unable to take evasive action in time. 

Johnny and Cassandra Atkinson were both transported to a nearby hospital where Cassandra was declared dead. Smith had two children under the age of four in her vehicle. Smith and the children were also taken to the hospital.

Following the crash, Smith was charged with driving under the influence and homicide by vehicle. 

Head-on collisions often happen too quickly for innocent drivers to avoid. In an instant, a vehicle in the opposite lane of traffic can cross a centerline. While it is difficult to prevent accidents by reducing driver errors, there are road designs that can reduce the chances of these types of crashes. Roads that have a sped limit above 40 miles per hour should have a median that divides opposite moving lanes of traffic. 

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