17 dead in Georgia Memorial weekend accidents, 4 killed in midstate

lfabian@macon.comMay 27, 2014 

Nearly three times as many people died on Georgia roads this Memorial Day weekend compared to last year.

Almost a quarter of the fatal accidents happened in Middle Georgia.

The Georgia State Patrol reports 17 traffic fatalities from 6 p.m. Friday until midnight Monday, which is up from six in 2013.

The GSP is investigating nine of those fatal accidents, including a one-vehicle accident in Lamar County on Ga. 36 Eady Creek Road that happened just before 12:10 a.m. Monday.

James Adron Baxter, 42, of Griffin, died at the scene. The driver was airlifted to the hospital after losing control in a curve and flipping the vehicle.

A 5-year-old South Carolina girl also died on U.S. 441 at Ga. 112 in Wilkinson County shortly before 5 p.m. Sunday.

Emily Ross, of Clover, South Carolina, was fatally injured in a 2000 Honda Civic that ran a stop sign and collided with a 2013 Nissan Pathfinder.

The driver of the Civic, Christina Griffith, 40, of Clover, South Carolina, suffered facial injuries and was taken to The Medical Center of Central Georgia.

Both men in the Pathfinder, Marian Padgett, 69, of Milan, and 68-year-old Wimbric Padgett were taken to Fairview Park Hospital in Dublin.

The Bibb County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the fatal accident early Sunday that killed 32-year-old Patrick Howard, of Macon.

The Suburban that Howard was riding in collided head-on with a Range Rover on Columbus Road near Cavalier Drive about 3:30 a.m. Sunday.

Four other people were hurt in that accident.

A pedestrian died Saturday after stepping in front of an 18-wheeler on Interstate 75 in Byron between the White Road overpass and exit 149, but Lt. Bryan Hunter of the Byron Police Department said that death was ruled a suicide.

To contact writer Liz Fabian, call 744-4303.

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