The Georgia Department of Public Safety has revealed that 24 people were killed in Georgia Thanksgiving weekend accidents. The period ran from Wednesday evening, November 25, through to Sunday night, November 29, and the death toll was twice as high as that recorded over the same period in 2019.
DPS said this year’s figures were the highest since 2016 when 20 people died. In an online post, the department said that by 6 p.m. on Sunday, 22 deaths had been reported. Two further fatalities were recorded by Monday afternoon.
State troopers responded to 17 of the deaths while police agencies investigated the others.
Lt. Matt Riley of the Georgia State Patrol said alcohol and speed likely played a role in many of the crashes. Rain may also have been a contributing factor.
Investigators said a 19-year-old Sugar Hill woman died in a wreck on Wednesday evening in which speed was a likely factor.
Sophia Garcia was traveling along McEver Road in Hall County in a Volkswagen Jetta when she was struck by a Toyota Corolla. The motorist was reportedly driving above the speed limit and was unable to execute a right-hand turn.
The impact of the crash pushed Garcia into a guardrail. The authorities said she was only wearing a lap belt and she died from her injuries.
Investigators said the odometer of the Toyota was stuck at approximately 65 mph in a 45-mph zone. The unnamed driver of the Corolla and a passenger also suffered injuries.
In another accident, 16-month-old Steven Buffington was killed in Middle Georgia on Thursday morning when he was run over by his mother.
Meanwhile, a 46-year-old resident of Dacula died after he was thrown from his motorcycle on Friday evening. Investigators said John Mathews was going south on Braselton Highway in Dacula when he locked the brakes to avoid a collision with a vehicle in front of him. He died at the scene.
If you lost a loved one in a crash, you may be entitled to compensation. A Georgia car accident lawyer can help you.