2 Middle Georgia fatalities included in state’s New Years’ death toll of 6

lfabian@macon.comJanuary 2, 2013 

Two people died on Middle Georgia roads in the 102-hour New Year’s holiday travel period tracked by the Georgia State Patrol.

A half-dozen people died in the state between 6 p.m. Friday and midnight Tuesday, according to statistics released Wednesday by the Georgia State Patrol.

Troopers investigated 585 accidents that injured 266 people and killed three.

The Georgia State Patrol’s final traffic update states that police in Macon, Warner Robins and Cobb County investigated the other three fatal accidents.

Warner Robins police issued a news release Wednesday morning about the 9:44 p.m. Monday death of a pedestrian in the 1300 block of Corder Road.

Daniel Moncrief, 32, died after walking into the path of a white van driven by 81-year-old George Henry of Macon. Moncrief was pronounced dead at the scene, according to the release.

Investigators do not suspect Henry was driving while impaired, the release stated. Anyone with information is urged to call investigator Tim Pippio at (478) 929-1170.

Macon police are looking into the death of 39-year-old David Coley.

Coley died early Sunday morning after crashing a 1996 Chevrolet Impala into a metal pole at the intersection of Mercer University Drive and Columbus Road.

The GSP’s initial report shows troopers arrested 321 people for driving under the influence this New Year’s holiday period, compared to 262 last year.

The 2010-2011 New Year’s travel period was a day shorter, but saw more than twice as many fatalities.

Last year, 13 people died as the Georgia State Patrol investigated 585 crashes that injured 266 people over 78 hours.

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