Two die in Monroe interstate accident

Two people died Saturday afternoon in an emergency-lane wreck along Interstate 75 in Monroe County.

An Atlanta man, Makoye Pambi, was trying to change a tire in the emergency lane when a Mercer University School of Medicine professor, Kristina Detmer, apparently lost control of her vehicle and slammed into Pambi and his vehicle.

Detmer, 56, died at the scene, according to Georgia State Patrol Trooper Brandon Brown. Pambi, 31, died at the hospital, Brown said.

Detmer struck another vehicle on I-75 southbound just before the collision occurred, and Brown said he believes that she was trying to get over and give Pambi a wider berth on the roadside. State law requires drivers to do this when possible.

Detmer apparently didn’t see the other vehicle, struck it, went out of control and smashed into Pambi, Brown said. The accident occurred near mile marker 194 on I-75, between High Falls Road and Johnsonville Road, Brown said. It happened about 4:45 p.m., Saturday’s rain had yet to begin and it was clear and dry outside, Brown said.

Detmer had a brother in Atlanta who was notified of her death, and Pambi’s family came down from Atlanta, Brown said.

The driver of the third vehicle was not injured, but she was written a citation for leaving the scene of an accident, Brown said. Authorities found her at a restaurant after the accident, which had several witnesses. Brown said that driver, Venekiqua Rawlings of Macon, was also written a ticket for having unrestrained children in her vehicle.

To contact writer Travis Fain call 744-4213.