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Wreck victims didn't properly use seat belts

May 27, 2008

Moultrie- Twelve people were killed on Georgia highways over the 78-hour holiday period, including three people in Colquitt County.  

They were among six people in a Ford Escort that was hit head-on on Highway 133 about a half mile north of Moultrie around 11:30 Monday night. Troopers say Michael Burdette drove his Ford Ranger across the center line and hit them.

Killed were 28-year-old Christian Gonzalez, 31-year-old Valeria Carlson, and 8-year-old Uriel Carlson all of Norman Park. 

"The SCRT team out of Valdosta are doing their own investigation as well and it will be turned over to them," says Sr. Trooper Bobby Underwood.  

Troopers say the eight year old who was killed wasn't wearing a seat belt at all.

In the front seat, Gonzalez and Carlson were wearing only an automatic shoulder harness and not the lap belt and were also killed.

Burdette and three teenagers in the other car are hospitalized. No charges have yet been filed.

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