According to the Chattooga County Coroner Earl Rainwater, twenty-two-year-old Haley Brianna Smith died on Sunday morning following a crash on Highway 27.
The accident occurred near the Pennville Church of Christ around 9 a.m.
No information was released about exactly how the crash occurred. However, it is believed that one other vehicle was involved.
That vehicle received extensive damage, and the driver, a woman from Rome, was taken to hospital by Redmond EMS for medical treatment. It is not immediately clear if there were other occupants of either vehicle.
Sheriff of Chattooga County, Mark Schrader said the woman had severe injuries. Her name has not been made public.
Schrader said the Georgia State Patrol responded to the call about the crash and they would lead the investigation.
The accident caused traffic on the highway to be rerouted for several hours as GSP personnel carried out preliminary investigations.
The GSP Specialized Reconstruction Team (SCRT) also responded to the crash.
Investigators have not yet figured out what led to the collision. Whether drugs or alcohol influenced what happened is still to be determined.
However, the Georgia Department of Transportation says 70-percent of traffic fatalities are caused by unsafe driving behaviors. These include impairment, distractions, or driving too fast for road and conditions.
In 2018, 1,514 people died on Georgia’s road. This amounted to an average of four deaths per day.
More information is expected on Sunday’s crash in due course. In the meantime, anyone who saw the crash is asked to contact the Georgia State Patrol office in Rome.
If you lost a loved one in a traffic accident, you may be able to pursue a wrongful death claim and get compensation for your losses. Reach out to a wrongful death lawyer in Atlanta for advice and representation.