2017-12-06 / Front Page

Two killed in separate accidents

ROY F. CHALKER JR.

Two Burke County residents were killed in separate accidents over the weekend.

A little before 9:30 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 1, 68-year-old Gloria Jean Standridge of River Road was killed when she failed to yield the right-of-way at the intersection of State Route 23 and Ben Hatcher Road.

According to a Georgia State Patrol report, 27-year-old Qutavis Cadaren Lowery was driving a 2013 Ford Econoline van south on Highway 23 when the 1996 Dodge Dakota driven by Standridge drove through a stop sign. Lowery said it appeared that the driver was slumped over the steering wheel at the time. He said he swerved to the right but was unable to avoid hitting the other vehicle in the right front area.

The impact caused the Standridge vehicle to overturn and travel some 88 feet through a small ditch off the south shoulder of Ben Hatcher Road and into a field before coming to a stop.

Even though Standridge was using seatbelts and the air bag deployed, she sustained fatal injuries in the crash. The extent of Lowery’s injuries is not known.

At about 11:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4, 38-yearold Bennie Marvin Bonner of Old Waynesboro Road was driving a 2013 Nissan Altima south on Claxton Road at the intersection with Creek Road. The driver ran the stop sign and traveled approximately 23 feet before leaving the roadway on the south shoulder. The car continued to travel until it hit a stop sign and a large embankment.

According to the accident report, Bonner was not wearing a seatbelt and died from his injuries. Cpl. L. Perkins of the GSP said that reduced visibility due to heavy fog could have been a factor in the crash.

These deaths mark the 12th and 13th traffic fatalities in Burke County during 2017.

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