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Teen dies on Worth County Highway

By Wainwright Jeffers - bio | email

July 5, 2008

WORTH COUNTY, GA (WALB) - A Worth County teenager is dead after losing control of his vehicle on Saturday afternoon.

The sad surprise is the fact that the 19-year-old was the lone survivor in another wreck that killed two other teenagers less than a year ago.

The gold Honda Accord was almost unrecognizable. Most of the passenger cabin was smashed, after hitting a pine tree off of Highway 33, killing the driver.

"We received a call from Worth County 911 indicating there had been a one vehicle accident and on the way over here they informed us that it was a fatality," said Sergeant Shawn Urquhart, Georgia Sate Patrol.

The driver 19-year-old driver Frederick Leon Walker died at the scene.

"It didn't throw him out the vehicle but I notice he didn't have his seat belt on," said Urquhart.

According to authorities, the car left the east shoulder of the road traveling at a pretty high rate of speed, lost control, over corrected the vehicle and crossed across both lanes. The car overturned several times went down an embankment, and into the tree.

"After we found out who he was I knew of him, his mother works with us at the courthouse," said Freddie Tompkins, Worth County Sheriff.

The 19-year-old who died was involved in another fatal wreck in November 2007. That wreck killed another 19-year-old, and 16 year-old, but he survived.

"I think one of our troopers worked and accident where two other people were killed in a vehicle that he was in. He was thrown out of the windshield, and he was the only one who survived that accident," said Urquhart.

This time he was not that fortunate.

Authorities remind all drivers to slow down and pay attention, especially teenagers.

"When they're out riding especially teenagers, and early twenties they just need to watch their speed and be really careful," said Tompkins.

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