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An Early County drag race ends in tragedy

July 23, 2007

Early County -- It was suppose to be a night of fun, but ended in tragedy. "Last night at around 7:00 PM, Georgia State Patrol received a call of a motor vehicle accident," said Georgia State Patrol Trooper, John Jackson.

Engines roared on Radney Road Sunday evening. "When we arrived at the scene, you could obviously tell that there were serious injuries at that time," said Jackson.

A Black Mustang and Blue Monte Carlo raced to a devastating end. "At this time there was one fatality and one serious injury," said Jackson.

The Mustang over turned and the Monte Carlo hit a tree on the passenger side, killing the driver. "He died on contact from head trauma and very extensive injuries," said Jackson.

Andrew Tinson, a husband and father, took the joy ride of his life that ended up taking his life.

"Racing is fine when its in a controlled environment. When you get out here in the road, you have to factor other people and other drivers that maybe they don't even think about," said Jackson. "As long as it's in a controlled environment; its fine and safe. You don't need to get out on the road and race. "

The driver of the Mustang took off from the scene, but was later arrested. "Charges are pending the investigation. When the reconstruction is completed they will be determined at that time," said Jackson.

All that is left from that night is a pile of mangled metal and tears from family and friends.

State Troopers refused to release the name of the man who was driving the mustang. They say he suffered a broken leg and fractured arm. He is in police custody in Bainbridge.

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