I-85 wreck victim dies in hospital

by Wes Mayer

One of the six people involved in a five-vehicle accident Sunday night on I-85 in Coweta County died at Atlanta Medical Center, according to authorities.

The victim was Kyle Stovall, 50, from Newnan, according to Tracey Watson with the state Department of Public Safety Public Information Office. She said an investigation by Georgia State Patrol troopers determined Stovall caused the accident.

The accident occurred around mile marker 54 on I-85 southbound, said Captain Craig Sherrer with the Coweta County Fire Department. Sherrer said crews in Car 1, Car 2, Car 4, Engine 7, Rescue 1, Squad 1 and Truck 6 responded around 6:35 p.m. to find one patient, Stovall, trapped in his vehicle with severe injuries. After about 10 minutes, Sherrer said emergency responders were able to extricate Stovall from the vehicle.

Stovall was transported to the Atlanta Medical Center by helicopter, Sherrer said — Stovall suffered from severe multi-system trauma injuries and died about an hour after arriving at the hospital.

According to Watson, the accident occurred when Stovall, driving a 2008 Nissan Altima in the middle lane, traveled into the righthand lane, striking a 2007 Honda CR-V in the rear. Both vehicles rotated and traveled back across the lanes — the Honda struck the concrete median ahead of the Nissan, which stopped in the lefthand lane facing east.

A 1997 Ford LGT pickup truck, traveling in the left hand lane, struck the Nissan in the driver’s side, a 2004 Infiniti G35 struck the Ford in the rear and a 1990 Jeep Cherokee Sport struck the Infiniti in the rear, according to Watson.

The driver of Ford was transported to Grady Memorial Hospital, and the driver and 11-year-old passenger in the Infiniti were transported to the Atlanta Medical Center. The drivers of the Honda and Jeep were not transported. There were no charges filed in the accident, according to Watson.



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