Midway — 4 People Killed, Another Injured in High-Speed Head-On Collision on Leroy Coffer Highway
Posted on Sunday, May 3rd, 2020 at 11:18 pm
On the afternoon of Saturday, January 11, 2020, four people were killed and another was injured in a high-speed head-on collision that occurred in Liberty County, Georgia.
According to initial reports, a Liberty County Deputy tried to stop a white Nissan that was reported stolen. The driver of the stolen vehicle, 19-year-old Johnathan Kennedy, began to pull over after the deputy flashes his lights. However, he appeared to change his mind and sped off.
A deputy pursued the driver without dangerously increasing his speed. In about 22 seconds, the Nissan crossed the median of Leroy Coffer Highway in Midway, sped into oncoming traffic, and hit a black Audi head-on.
The passenger in the Audi, 43-year-old Sergeant First Class Jimmy Altamirano, died at the scene. All three people inside the Nissan also died at the scene. Aside from Kennedy, the other occupants were identified as 40-year-old Alie Dosey and 32-year-old Thomas Gordon.
The driver of the Audi was taken to Savannah Memorial Hospital in stable condition.
The crash still remains under investigation.
It is unfortunate to hear of what happened to the victims in this accident. Alas, there are countless other victims who suffered the same fate. Car accidents are a serious problem in this day and age, and yet they still happen quite often. According to the National Highway Traffic Administration (NHTSA), car accidents happen almost every minute of every day, and for every 16 minutes, a car accident occurs that results in death. So that is roughly about 6 million car accidents every year and 90 people dying in car accidents every day in the U.S. alone. The three common causes of car accidents are DUI (driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs), speeding, and driving while distracted.
A particular type of car accident, head-on collision, is probably the most dangerous type of crashes of them all, simply because of the increased force sustained by both drivers. Reports estimate that head-on collisions only comprise 2% of reported crashes, but they do account for well over 10% of driving fatalities. Spinal injuries, brain injuries, catastrophic injuries, broken bones, paralysis, and of course death are some of the common outcomes of a head-on collision.
Car accidents, especially head-on collisions, are undeniably devastating for the victims and their loved ones. For that reason, if you are a victim of a head-on collision, or you know someone who is, or you lost a loved one because of this type of crash, then never hesitate to reach out for help. The police will be there for you, but more than that, car accident attorneys are also present to help you protect your rights and get the justice that you deserve.