A deadly crash in LaGrange on a west Georgia highway occurred on February 8, 2013. According to police, the collision happened on Friday night when a driver ignored a no-passing zone and crossed into oncoming traffic.
Willie Hooks, 28, of LaGrange, was driving a 1986 Oldsmobile Cutlass that witnesses said was traveling at a high rate of speed. Hooks attempted to pass a vehicle traveling in the same direction by crossing into the oncoming lanes of traffic. As he tried to pass the other vehicle, he collided head-on into a 1995 Pontiac GrandAm.
Upon impact, Hooks died and killed four others including a 1-year-old boy, said the Georgia State Patrol. Two teen passengers were also injured in the crash and were airlifted to hospitals in Atlanta and Columbus in critical condition.
The driver of the Pontiac, 23-year-old Melanie Kay Lemmon, of LaGrange, was killed upon impact. Three of her passengers were also killed in the wreck including: Miranda L. Hurston, 37; Hurston’s 16-year-old son, Tridarius Harrison; and her 1-year-old grandson, Quamauri C. Harrison. The two teenagers who were critically injured were also in the Pontiac and have been identified as Hurston’s daughters— Jayvianna C. Hurston, 15, and Shaquavious S. Harrison, 18, and mother of the baby boy who died.
John Hart, the driver of the car that Hooks was trying to pass, told the LaGrange Daily News that Hooks “had plenty of room to get back over, and it was like he had to pass that one car in front of me.”
Police said that the roadway in that section was marked as a no-passing zone. Blood has been taken from Hooks to determine if alcohol was a factor in this fatal Georgia crash.
As a Georgia personal injury law firm, Shane Smith Law would like to extend our sincere condolences to the family and friends who lost their loved ones in the deadly crash.