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Two killed in morning wreck

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By Cade Fowler - bio | email

July 16, 2008

MITCHELL COUNTY, GA  (WALB) - Two people were killed in a car crash on U.S. 19 in Mitchell County around 7:15 Wednesday morning.

The two men in the car were making a short drive to work - across U.S. 19 to Cross Creek Farms on Pecan Lane - when they pulled out in front of an SUV.

"This is a two vehicle crash where one vehicle was attempting to cross U.S. 19 in Mitchell County, Georgia. It pulled in the path of a northbound Ford Explorer," said Georgia State Patrol Sgt. Jamie Sullivan.

The Explorer hit the car on the passenger's side. Both men were killed.

"The driver was pronounced dead here at the scene by Mitchell County Coroner Jim Jamerson, and the passenger was transported to Phoebe where he was pronounced dead later," said Sullivan.

Troopers say the passenger was 31-year-old Marco Antonio Cruz of Baconton. The name of the driver is being withheld pending notification of next of kin. Family and co-workers of the 2 victims consoled each other at the scene.

"There will be no charges because the driver at fault is deceased. But there will be a detailed investigation done by the troopers from the Georgia State Patrol Post in Thomasville," said Sullivan.

The driver of the Explorer, 36-year-old Mary Daniel of Albany and her passenger, were taken to a hospital for treatment, but are said to be recovering.

State troopers want to warn drivers to use caution when driving in the early morning hours, especially following recent rainfall and during times of morning fog.

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