The Georgia State Patrol reported Wednesday that a 27-day-old child was among 17 people killed in holiday weekend crashes across the state, who died in a Christmas Day wreck near Calhoun.
Beginning at 6 p.m. on Friday and ending at midnight Tuesday, the State Patrol investigated at least 685 wrecks that injured another 300 people during the 102-hour Christmas period.
College Park, Smyrna, Cobb County and Gwinnett County police and by the Rockdale County Sheriff’s Office were in-charge of investigating the six of the fatalities coming from Metro Atlanta.
Investigated by the State Patrol were the remaining deadly wrecks, including one crash in northwest Georgia which were assigned to the troopers from the Patrol’s Calhoun post that left three people dead.
One of the contributing factors of the fatal wreck Monday night in Cobb County was the dense fog that blanketed Metro Atlanta on Christmas Eve.
According to Cobb police, a 1994 Toyota Camry that was traveling northbound along Smyrna Powder Springs Road when for unknown reasons, it veered into the southbound lane and collided with a 1999 Toyota Camry.
One of the passengers in the 1999 Camry was identified as 46-year-old Luca Kosic of Marietta, who died at the scene. Other people inside that vehicle, as well as the driver of the 1994 Camry, were delivered to WellStar Kennestone Hospital for treatment of minor injuries.
A fatal single-vehicle wreck in Gwinnett County on Christmas afternoon listed the weather as a contributing factor.
According to Gwinnett police, the Chevrolet Tahoe operated by Nenad Lunic, age 23, resident of Duluth ran off Simpson Circle near Centennial Trail about 4:15 and crashed into a tree. Lunic, who was alone in the vehicle, was killed on the scene, police said. The driver of the Christmas Day wreck in Gordon County that killed three people and injured four others has a pending charge.
State Patrol spokesman Gordy Wright reported that a 1996 Ford Bronco operated by Brent Leighton Lynch, age 35, of Calhoun was going eastbound on Ga. 53 veered towards the right side of the road, then re-entered the road and crashed into a 2006 Kia Spectra head-on.
According to the State Patrol, this year’s toll is the highest number of Christmas weekend deaths since 2008 – the last year that there was a 102-hour counting period. That year, 24 people died on Georgia roads.
With Christmas falling on a weekend day or a Monday the past three years, the holiday travel period was 78 hours long. Three people died over that period in 2010 and in 2011, while 11 people were killed in wrecks over the 2009 Christmas travel period.
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