Fatal wreck on Hwy. 29

by Wes Mayer

A man lost his life Monday after his vehicle traveled off the road, overturned several times and collided with a number of trees.

Around 10:30 p.m., Coweta County fire units in Truck 6, Engine 12, Rescue 1 and Cars 2 and 4 responded to a single-vehicle accident on the 3500 block of North U.S. Highway 29, said Assistant Chief Alan Smith with the Coweta County Fire Department. When they arrived, units found one male victim, Michael Rivera, 41, and a 2001 Chevrolet Tahoe that was overturned off the road.

According to Lt. Keith Addis with the Coweta County Sheriff’s Office, Rivera, who is from Palmetto, was traveling northbound and negotiating a curve when his vehicle’s right side tires traveled off the right side of the road. Evidence indicated the driver overcorrected, traveled back onto the road, crossed the center line and drove off the left side of the road. His vehicle then went into a ditch, overturned several times, hit a number of trees and came to a rest on its right side. Rivera was ejected before the vehicle came to a rest, Addis said.

Firefighters cleared the accident of any fire hazards and Coweta County Coroner Richard Hawk was called to the scene, Smith said.



More Local

Plant Yates to shut down coal units by mid-April

Georgia Power Plant Yates will officially stop burning coal no later than April 15. Units 1-5 have already stopped being used for “nor ... Read More


Grey Matters dinner filled with insight, laughter

The Grey Matters dinner event, held at The Newnan Centre on Friday, brought a unique perspective to those in attendance. Cowetans were given ... Read More


major bills still in play

Legislative session almost over

The 2015 Georgia General Assembly session is almost over. There are two more “legislative days” in the session: Tuesday and Thur ... Read More


NTH Turns 150

Family of editor Cates visits first lady

Adolphus Boardman Cates, who published The Newnan Herald for six years in the late 1800s, was a man with many business interests. In additio ... Read More


Locals preview PBS cancer miniseries

Last week, board members of Lights for Linda Luminarias visited the Atlanta Chapter of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society to preview a summar ... Read More

ISIS hacking group targets Griffin soldier

A group that calls itself the Islamic State Hacking Division, which claims to represent ISIS, has posted what it says is an online kill list ... Read More