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Newnan Woman Killed in Corinth Road Accident

Posted on Nov 09, 2011

Newnan woman killed in Corinth Rd. accident

By Alex McRae

The Newnan Times-Herald

A Newnan woman was killed Tuesday night when she struck a deer, lost control of her car, crossed the centerline and struck an approaching pickup truck head-on, according to Sgt. Lance Greene of the Georgia State patrol.

Debbie Louise Grantham, of Binion Court, Newnan, was traveling northbound on New Corinth Road in her 2000 Oldsmobile Intrigue at 8:27 p.m. when her vehicle struck a deer and crossed the centerline, according to the incident report.

Grantham's car collided head-on with a 2006 Ford SuperDuty pickup being driven southbound by Richard Terry Clay, of 1139 Corinth Road. Clay's wife, Pauline Clay, was a passenger in the truck when the accident occurred.
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Grantham was killed in the collision and trapped in her vehicle, according to the accident report.

Richard and Pauline Clay suffered what were described as non-life-threatening injuries and both were transported by ground ambulance to Atlanta Medical Center. No word on their condition was available Wednesday afternoon.

Both Richard and Pauline Clay were wearing their seat belts, and their air bags deployed correctly.

Greene said a witness in a separate vehicle driving behind the victim saw Grantham's vehicle strike the deer and lose control. The first Coweta County firefighter to arrive at the scene also saw the deer lying injured beside the road before the animal recovered and ran off.

"There is no doubt she struck the deer," Greene said. "That's what caused her to lose control."

No charges will be filed in the case, Greene said.


It is always tragic when there are fatalities involved in any auto accident. Atlanta car accident attorney Shane Smith would like to offer his heartfelt condolences to the families involved.

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