Officials Identify Victim of Rollover Crash in Columbia County, GA

December 30, 2018

COLUMBIA COUNTY, GA. – According to an online news report from, officials have identified the victim of a fatal December 23 rollover crash in Columbia County, Georgia.*

The accident occurred shortly before midnight on December 23 on Interstate 20 in Columbia County. Near Exit 194 to Grovetown, a vehicle ran off the side of the road, and the driver overcorrected. The vehicle then traveled across both lanes of traffic, hit the median, and crashed into a guardrail. Upon impact, the vehicle rolled over. 

A passenger in the vehicle, 25-year-old Michael Lyles, of Gastonia, North Carolina, died at the scene. The driver of the vehicle, 18-year-old Austin Dennis, of Manning, South Carolina, and another passenger, Teresa Dennis, of Manning (age not reported), were transported to a nearby hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries. 

It is not yet clear what caused Austin Dennis to drive off the roadway and lose control of the vehicle. Officials report Lyles’s body will be transported to the GBI Crime Lab for an autopsy. No additional information has been reported about the accident at this time. 

According to an article from Forbes, more than 8,000 people in the United States die each year in single-vehicle rollover crashes. Many of these accidents involve alcohol or drugs, speeding, or medical emergencies. Sometimes, drivers suffer medical complications while driving, during which they become unconscious or unable to continue driving and crash their vehicles.  

Inattentive driving is also a large factor in these types of crashes. People distracted behind the wheel are 75 percent more likely to be involved in fatal, single-vehicle accidents, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Run-off-the-road accidents tend to occur more often with older drivers or teen drivers, though drivers are statistically more likely to be involved in fatal accidents starting at age 65. 

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