Georgia Head-On Crash Kills 5
A highway in LaGrange near the Georgia and Alabama border was the scene of a deadly head-on collision Friday night between two cars that results in the death of five people, including a 12-month old infant.
Authorities say that one vehicle crossed the center line in violation of a no-passing zone and collided head-on with an oncoming vehicle. The driver of the vehicle which committed the no-passing violation was killed, along with four individuals in the other vehicle involved.
Police identified 28-year old Willie Hooks as driver of the late 1980s model Oldsmobile which crossed the center line, crashing into a 1990s model Pontiac driven by 23-year old Melanie Lemmon who was killed instantly. T
hree other passengers in Lemmon’s vehicle were also among the fatalities, with two teenagers airlifted in critical condition to area hospitals for emergency treatment.
Police officers at the scene say it was likely that Hooks had been drinking as well as speeding.
“Alcohol is suspected as a possible contributing factor,” said Georgia State Patrol spokesman Gordy Wright in an email to the Huffington Post. “And blood was drawn from Mr. Hooks to determine a blood-alcohol content.”