Community Asks for Lower Speeds on HWY 219 After Fatal Georgia Crash

Three weeks after a fatal Georgia auto accident, community members are asking officials to lower the speed limit on Georgia Highway 219, also known as the ‘short-cut to LaGrange’.  Sadly, some call this road a death trap because of the fatalities that have taken place on Highway 219.

The current speed limit on Hwy 219 is 55 miles per hour, and citizens in Columbus are requesting that the speed limit be lowered from 55 to 45 miles per hour for a five-mile stretch of the road that is very dangerous.

One of the recent traffic accidents that occurred on Hwy 219 claimed the life of a 20-year-old male from the community and injured three others. According to reports, Galen Mallory, of West Point, died on this dangerous section of the road when he collided with an SUV that swerved to avoid another vehicle that drifted out of its lane.

Fred Jones, who lives on Hwy 219, wants officials to do something about this dangerous old country road, which is why he is asking for a lower speed limit—ultimately to save other lives.

According to Michael Presley, the district traffic engineer with the Georgia Department of Transportation, they have started taking steps, such as clearing brush out of the road, to make this highway safer.

In regard to this recent fatal crash that claimed the life of Galen Mallory, the Georgia State Patrol is still looking for a small gray car, possibly a Suzuki. Anyone with information is asked to call 706.845.4104 to speak with the Georgia State Patrol in LaGrange.

Shane Smith Law would like to extend our deepest condolences to the family and friends of Galen Mallory, and we wish the three injured in this crash complete recovery.

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