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Christmas Day Tragedies in Georgia Traffic Accidents


Posted on Jan 23, 2013

On Christmas Day, two fatal car accidents in Georgia occurred that claimed four lives. The first deadly crash took place in Norcross on Simpson Circle, and the second fatal wreck occurred in Gordon County on Georgia Highway 53.

The first crash occurred around 4:15 p.m., killing a male driver. The one-car accident that claimed a young man’s life took place on the rainy Christmas Day in unincorporated Norcross. According to Gwinnett Police, 23-year-old Nenad Lunic, of Duluth, was driving on Simpson Circle near its intersection with Centennial Trail when the crash occurred. Apparently he lost control of his white Chevrolet Tahoe and the SUV struck a wall, went airborne, and then struck a tree. Police indicated that the vehicle was traveling too fast for weather conditions, as speed mixed with rain were factors in this wreck.

The second deadly crash occurred around 5:47 p.m. on Georgia Highway 53 near Mauldin in Gordon County. This wreck claimed the life of two women and a 27-day-old infant, all from Cartersville. The two Cartersville women and baby were traveling on Georgia 53 when another vehicle hit them head-on. Georgia State Patrol has said that a 1996 Ford Bronco driven by Brent Leighton Lynch, 35, of Calhoun, ran his vehicle off the road, reentered the roadway, and hit a Kia head-on.

April Nacoale Winters, 40-year-old driver of the Kia Spectra, and her passengers Tanika Latrice Ackies, 21, and infant Niyla Raine Ackies, all died in this crash. Alexis Gardner and Ratanza Winters, both age 20 and from Cartersville, were also passengers in the Kia. They suffered injuries and were taken to Erlanger Hospital for treatment. In the other vehicle, Mr. Lynch and passenger Crystal Lynch, 35, were injured and also taken to the same hospital for care.

The Law Offices of Shane Smith is saddened to hear about these Christmas Day tragedies and sends our condolences to those who lost loved ones in these wrecks.

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Shane Smith
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