ALBANY, GA (WALB) - The New Year's holiday has been deadly for Georgia motorists. A Dawson man was killed in a single car wreck early Thursday morning. It happened in Sumter County on Highway 49.
43-year old Glen Taylor was northbound when he lost control as he was going around a curve. His Pontiac Grand Prix overturned several times, landed in a ditch and then caught fire. Taylor was killed.
Taylor's death is one of nine that had already taken place during the holiday traffic period which started yesterday at 6 PM (as of 12PM Thursday).
Troopers are out in force trying to cut down on any more wrecks. Sgt. Shawn Urquhart said, "To lose a loved one during the Christmas or New Year is very painful. Even when we work fatalities this time of year, it's hard for us because we know that during the holiday period, most people want to spend that time with their families and to lose someone because of negligence or someone else's negligence is real painful."
They'll be looking for drivers who are speeding, not wearing seat belts, and of course, drinking and driving. 20-traffic deaths are predicted for the New Year's travel period which ends Sunday at midnight.