On Friday, November 15, a Cedartown woman was fatally injured in a one-car accident.
According to the Georgia State Patrol:
The rain poured as a 1997 Saturn SL2 drove along a drenched section of GA100 near Santa Claus Mountain. The driver, 26-year-old Dixie Fay McCulley of Mississippi Dr., suddenly lost control of the vehicle, crossing into the southbound lane. Her car left the roadway and began to rotate counter-clockwise.
The Saturn left the west shoulder and traveled down the embankment. As the vehicle overturned, it struck a nearby tree. Not wearing a seatbelt, McCulley was ejected through the rear passenger window; State Troopers estimate she was thrown more than 42-feet before landing in a small creek.
Soon thereafter, a passing motorist saw the accident. The unidentified person stopped alongside the road and pulled the victim from the creek.
When EMS arrived on the scene, McCulley was pronounced deceased. She was then transported to the Polk Medical Center.
In a separate accident also occurring on Friday, a Cedartown resident was injured after being struck by a truck.
It was a rainy afternoon when Doyal Anthony Minter, 50 of Perry St., was driving south along Main Street. As he entered the Canal St. turning lane, two pedestrians darted in front of his 1989 Ford F-350.
Witnesses say that 39-year-old Luz Escutia was crossing the street with her nine-year-old daughter, Brenda. The two dodged between stopped cars and emerged in the turning lane. When Minter saw them, he said he did not have time to stop.
The front of the F-350 struck both pedestrians. Uninvolved drivers say that Brenda Escutia quickly picked herself up and ran away. Her mother, though, lay in a nearby parking lot.
Police officers and EMS workers would soon arrive. Escutia was transported to the Floyd Medical Center, where she was treated and released.