The Fourth of July holiday travel period is always of concern in regards to traffic crashes, injuries and fatalities. According to the Georgia State Patrol, this past Independence Day between Wednesday, July 3 at 6:00 p.m. and Sunday at midnight, there were 11 deaths on Georgia roads.
During this 102-hour travel period, Georgia State Troopers responded to 785 crashes in Georgia that resulted in 374 injuries. They also made over 16,600 traffic stops that resulted in 300 people being arrested for driving under the influence, as Operation Zero Tolerance was a major focus during this holiday travel period.
The Georgia State Patrol investigated three fatal crashes that resulted in four deaths including:
- July 4, 2013 – on Thursday around 9:45 p.m., a driver lost control of his car while passing another vehicle on Georgia Highway 102 in Jefferson County, which caused the car to leave the road and overturn. Dennis Wynn, 49, died in this crash, and police are investigating if alcohol was a factor.
- July 5, 2013 – on Friday morning in Haralson County, a motorcycle crash on Interstate 20 occurred when a motorcycle left the roadway and struck two trees, killing 68-year-old Felipe Cano Martinez and 69-year-old Rosa Maria Martinez.
- July 7, 2013 – on Sunday morning around 2:30 a.m., a driver died after he lost control of his car on I-75 in Catoosa County, causing the car to leave the road, hit a guardrail, and strike a tree. He has been identified as 28-year-old Ronnie Lee Butler, and police do not believe alcohol was involved in this case.
Other traffic deaths during this period were investigated by other agencies including Atlanta Police, Fulton County Police, Henry County Police, Carrollton Police, the Jones County Sheriff’s Office, the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office, and the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office.
Shane Smith Law is deeply saddened to hear of these fatalities and would like to extend our condolences to all the family and friends affected.