Eleven People Killed in Holiday Travel Period Crashes

July 8, 2013

Georgia State Patrol

July 8, 2013




(ATLANTA) - Traffic crashes across Georgia during the July Fourth holiday travel period resulted in 11 traffic deaths.  The holiday period began Wednesday, July 3 at 6 p.m. and ended Sunday at midnight.

Statewide, Georgia State Troopers investigated 785 traffic crashes that resulted in 374 injuries.  Troopers also investigated three fatal crashes that resulted in four traffic deaths.  The fatal crashes occurred in Haralson, Jefferson, and Catoosa counties.  Local agencies reporting traffic deaths during the holiday period were:  Henry County Police, Atlanta Police, Fulton County Police, Carrollton Police, the Jones County Sheriff's Office, the Putnam County Sheriff's Office, and the Columbia County Sheriff's Office.

In addition to crash investigations, State Troopers arrested more than 300 people for driving under the influence.  Troopers also made more than 16,600 traffic stops.

The Georgia State Patrol investigated three fatal crashes over the holiday period that resulted in four traffic deaths:

Thursday night at 9:45 p.m. a one vehicle crash occurred in Jefferson County that resulted in the death of Dennis Wynn, age 49, from Stapleton, GA.  Wynn was operating a passenger car on Georgia Highway 102 and lost control while passing another vehicle.  His car left the roadway and overturned.  A seatbelt was not in use and alcohol may have been a contributing factor. 

A motorcycle crash Friday morning on Interstate 20 in Haralson County resulted in two fatalities.  Felipe Cano Martinez, age 68, and Rosa Maria Martinez, age 69 (both from San Antonio, TX) died from injuries they sustained when their motorcycle left the interstate around mile marker 5 and struck two trees.  Felipe Martinez died at the scene and Rosa Maria Martinez died Friday at Atlanta Medical Center.

Ronnie Lee Butler, age 28, from Rossville died from injuries he sustained Sunday morning around 2:30 a.m. when he lost control of his Honda Civic on Interstate 75 northbound near mile marker 351 in Catoosa County.  The vehicle rotated while he was negotiating a sharp, downhill curve.  The vehicle left the roadway, struck a guardrail, traveled down an embankment and struck a tree.  Butler died at Erlanger in Chattanooga.  A seatbelt was not in use and alcohol is not suspected.

The Labor Day holiday travel period will begin Friday, August 30 at 6 p.m. and end Labor Day evening at midnight.  The period is 78 hours long.