Improper-way crash deaths have almost tripled on Georgia highways – WSB-TV Channel 2

ATLANTA — Collisions attributable to wrong-way drivers result in tons of of accidents in Georgia every year.

Channel 2 Motion Information found a disturbing pattern – wrong-way crashes almost tripled over the past decade.

Ashleigh Mouring, 31, just lately completed rehabilitation and continues to be utilizing a cane after surviving a wrong-way crash in July 2023.

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Her buddy Denise Watkins was driving when a automotive got here out of nowhere straight at them.

“He had no headlights on. We didn’t see him until you bought actually proper in entrance of us. The one factor that I had time to consider is, ‘I’m going to die. I’m about to die,’” Mouring stated.

The affect crushed her leg and shattered her hip. She spent greater than a month within the hospital. It traumatized her daughter Marley who nonetheless can’t speak about it.

“It was terrible. She hated it, I hated it,” Mouring stated.

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She continues to be in ache, however she’s alive in contrast to her buddy Denise, who together with the wrong-way driver, Cecil Williams, died when their vehicles collided on Interstate 20 between the Hamilton E. Holmes Drive and Martin Luther King Jr. Drive exits.

Mouring believes Watkins saved her life with a last-second resolution.

“She checked out me and he or she instantly jerked the automotive to the appropriate and took a lot of the affect,” Mouring stated.

Knowledge obtained by Channel 2 Motion Information from the Georgia Division of Transportation reveals wrong-way crashes rose from 475 in 2013 to 852 in 2022.

Deaths from wrong-way crashes jumped from 16 in 2013, to 44 in 2022.

What GDOT says they consider is behind the large rise in crashes and what they are saying you are able to do to assist forestall them, LIVE on Channel 2 Motion Information at 5 p.m.

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