GSP releases details on Hwy 18 fatality, victim still not identified
Published 8:00 am Saturday, July 29, 2023
After further investigation into the fatal vehicle collision that killed a still unidentified woman Wednesday night, the Georgia State Patrol has released information on what is believed to have led to the crash.
Wednesday, July 26, around 11:15 p.m., Georgia State Troopers were called to the area of GA Hwy 18 near Drummond Rd. about a crash with injuries and entrapment involving a 2012 Toyota Camry and a 2023 Kia Stinger.
By the time emergency personnel arrived, the Toyota had also caught on fire and was fully engulfed.
According to the Georgia State Patrol’s Specialized Collision Reconstruction Team, the Kia and the Toyota were traveling east on Hwy 18. The driver of the Kia Stinger attempted to overtake the Toyota. Once the Kia was in the west travel lane, the driver of the Toyota then attempted to overtake a white sedan.
The Toyota then struck the Kia in the right front with its left rear. The Toyota rotated counterclockwise and exited the roadway on the north side. The Toyota continued on the north roadside and struck a creek embankment, causing it to vault and came to an uncontrolled final rest on its roof.
The driver of the Toyota was unable to be extricated from the vehicle and was deceased when emergency personnel extinguished the fire.
The driver of the Toyota still has not been officially identified. Deputy Coroner Amy Sheppard advised that an autopsy will be conducted on the victim, and it will likely be a few days until she can be positively identified.