Cherokee County police are blaming the icy weather for the death of a 50-year-old woman from Ackworth.
The car accident occurred just after 9pm on Thursday, January 7. The victim was driving along Priest Road at North Holt Road in Ackworth when the car skidded on the ice. The car slid off the roadway and crashed into a tree. The driver was pronounced dead at the scene.
This year’s unusually cold weather is especially dangerous for Georgia motorists who are unaccustomed to severe winter weather.
Freezing rain covers roadways with a layer of ice that is often invisible. Snow can be slick to drive on, and when snow melts and refreezes, it can leave an icy glaze that makes roads very slick. In these conditions, it is best to avoid traveling if possible.
However, if you must travel, leave plenty of time and drive slowly. It is very easy to lose control of a vehicle that is speeding on ice. Make sure your tires have plenty of tread and bring warm clothes and a fully-charged cell phone incase you are stranded.
The Shane Smith Law represent victims of car accidents. To help keep you and your loved one safe, we’ve put together some tips for safe winter driving. Click here to read more.
Enjoy the rare snow days and stay safe.