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July 28, 2003

Two deadly car wrecks in south Georgia. The youngest victim is a 17-year-old girl. An accident in Thomas County and another in Colquitt County killed two people and sent three to the hospital. The latest happened on a two lane road in Colquitt County.

Seventeen-year-old Kimberly Darlene Lamb of Hartsfield lost control of her Ford Escort on Georgia 111 slamming into two pine trees. Her sister-in-law, Annie Lamb, says, "She was looking forward to her senior year."

The teenage driver died. Her uncle, Rex Lamb, says, "Her daddy that was his baby girl and he was pretty much attached, never had a little girl before." She was the youngest among six brothers.

Lamb's boyfriend, 20-year-old Juston McCall of Moultrie, is in serious condition at Macon Medical Center. The back seat passenger, 18-year-old Brandon Castleberry, also of Moultrie, is hospitalized. No body was wearing seat belts. Annie Lamb adds, "We've lost three kids in the last year. Stupid wrecks."

Earlier this year, two teens died in Colquitt County on the sharp curve on Mill Pond Road. The accidents were four days apart. Rex Lamb says, "I wish including myself pay more attention when driving, slow down."

Lamb's family hope others learn from this tragedy. Annie Lamb points at the wrecked car and says, "This is senseless. You feel if you don't get somewhere in the next two minutes you're missing something. She's missing her life."

They were on their way to a birthday party. In fact, it was to celebrate the birthday of Castleberry, the back seat passenger who may now be paralyzed.

Lamb totaled another car in October of last year, a few miles away from yesterday's deadly accident. She told her family she was dodging a deer. She was going to be a senior at Colquitt County High School.

Another south Georgian died in a car wreck over the weekend. Twenty-year-old William James Long of Thomasville was killed around 4:30 Sunday morning. His friend, 20-year-old Michael Gene Gossett also of Thomasville, is in ICU at Archbold Memorial Hospital.

Both men were ejected from a Ford Ranger. They were going south on Georgia 35 in Thomas County when they lost control of the truck, struck a guard rail and flipped over. Troopers say neither men was wearing a seat belt. 

posted at 6:20PM by kathryn.simmons@walb.com