Byron woman is midstate’s second holiday traffic fatality

lfabian@macon.comDecember 2, 2013 

A Macon infant and a Byron woman are among 14 people killed in traffic accidents in Georgia during the Thanksgiving holiday period.

Kathy Bonet, 62, was killed early Sunday when her car went off Ga. 49 in Peach County, said Georgia State Patrol Senior Trooper John Hardage.

Bonet was driving a 2011 Chevrolet Impala that left the northbound lanes north of Byron shortly before 2:30 a.m.

Her car crossed into the southbound lanes, went through a ditch, hit two trees and bounced back into the road where it caught fire, Hardage said.

Bonet was thrown from the vehicle before it came to rest in the road, he said.

The GSP is investigating nine other traffic fatalities in a total of 556 accidents that injured 244 people between 6 p.m. Wednesday and midnight Sunday.

Local law enforcement agencies are investigating the other four fatal accidents, including a Macon accident that killed 2-month-old Karleigh Fountain.

An autopsy Monday confirmed the baby died of blunt force trauma after being thrown from her mother’s car on Interstate 75 south near Rocky Creek Road just after 5 p.m. Saturday.

The baby’s mother, 21-year-old La’Qwesha Johnson, was critically hurt in the accident, which also involved the baby’s father’s car and might have been the result of a domestic dispute, Bibb County Coroner Leon Jones said.

Macon police are investigating.

In 2012, 21 people died in Georgia traffic accidents during the 102-hour travel period.

To contact writer Liz Fabian, call 744-4303.

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