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Deadly weekend for S. GA motorists

April 10, 2004

Albany- Around 8 o'clock Saturday morning, 19 year old Darryl Beasley, of Leesburg, died instantly in a wreck on Georgia 300 near Warwick.

State troopers say Beasley may have fallen asleep at the wheel and crossed the median into oncoming traffic. His car was snapped in half when it collided with a silver pick-up truck. Half of the car remained in the median while the other half flew across the highway.

"The curve bounced the car into the southbound lane in which there was a vehicle traveling southbound. The front of that vehicle struck the left rear of that vehicle causing the car to break in half and travel to the other side of the roadway," Trooper Scott McClure.

The driver of the truck, Mary Francis Williams, of Cordele, was transported to the hospital and was treated for her injuries.

In Mitchell County Friday night, 9 people were hurt in a wreck at the intersection of Hopeful Park Road and Delwood Road.

Around 10:30, 21 year old Soloman Perez, of Cairo, drove through a stop sign and was hit by an oncoming car, driven by 53 year old Diana Singleton, of Camilla. Perez's car flipped over and Singleton's car hit a tree.

Perez, his wife, and two children were taken to Archbold Hospital. Singleton, her daughter, and 3 grandchildren were also injured and transported to Bainbridge Hospital. Perez's injures are the worst, but troopers say everyone should be okay.

A grandfather, his 2 teenaged granddaughters, and another teen were killed when their car collided with a tractor trailer Friday afternoon.

69 year old Eldon Jones, of Blackshear, was driving east on Okefenokee Swamp Park in Ware County. He tried to cross Georgia 4, and pulled out in front the tractor trailer. The driver of the truck couldn't stop in time and slammed into Jones' car.

Jones and his 2 granddaughters, 13 year old Mary Gaskins, 15 year old Meghan Gaskins, and their friend 15 year old Kelly Grady were all killed. Jones is the father of former WALB News Anchor Casey Jones.

The truck driver, 30 year old Jake Bowen, of Douglas, and his passenger were not seriously injured.

And, a pedestrian was also killed Friday when he walked into the path of an oncoming car. The wreck happened about 10 o'clock Friday night.

45 year old Steven Davis, of Cairo, was driving along Georgia 111 in Grady County when 22 year old Juan de La Cruz, also of Cairo, walked in front of Davis' SUV.

De la Cruz was transported to Grady County General where he was pronounced dead.

Posted at 5:15 PM by elaine.armstrong@walb.com

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