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Truck crash kills Fayette man

A Fayetteville man died after a pickup truck he was riding in left the road and struck a telephone pole Thursday night, sheriff’s officials said.

The crash on Kenwood Road claimed the life of Cona Evans, 60, who was a passenger in a Chevrolet S-10 pickup driven by Ricky A. Johnson, 49, also of Fayetteville, deputies said.

Johnson’s truck was eastbound on Kenwood when the vehicle went off the road and into a ditch around 8:44 p.m. Thursday, officials said. The truck then crossed Longview Road and struck the pole, officials said.

Johnson was seriously injured and remained hospitalized as of Saturday morning, officials said.

Neither Johnson nor Evans had work their seatbelts. For years, Georgia has exempted truck passengers from wearing seatbelts, but that changed with a new law that went into effect July 1 that requires all front-seat passengers in pickup trucks to wear a seatbelt, officials said.

The crash remains under investigation by the traffic enforcement unit of the sheriff’s office and charges are expected to be filed, officials said.

This is the second fatal motor vehicle crash in unincorporated Fayette County this year.

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Cyclist's picture

makes a full recovery.

Now gang; take a long look at your wife or husband, children, grandchildren, mom and dad and imagine that you are no longer with them because of what would have been survivable automobile accident ended up a fatality (yours) because you didn't wear a seat belt. Please use your seat belt. And make sure those with you the in car and or truck wear theirs too.

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CombatCorrespondent's picture

Cyclist wrote "... imagine that you are no longer with them because of what would have been survivable automobile accident ended up a fatality (yours) because you didn't wear a seat belt. Please use your seat belt. And make sure those with you the in car and or truck wear theirs too."

Cyclist,

It amazes me that anyone today would not use a seatbelt, even if you are not legally required. It seems that common sense would dictate seatbelt usage.

I live near this curve on Kenwood Road. I have been on this road hundreds of times. If you are going the least bit over the speed limit, it is a dangerous curve. My sympathies go out to the families of the gentlemen involved.

I was closeby when it happened:

http://www.kombatkamera.com/Journalism/Local-News/News-Stuff/7952631_aot...

Robert W. Morgan's picture

Purpose (or actually the excuse) for the seat belt exemption was the rural Georgia legislators who thought it was too much to ask farmers to buckle up when they encountered a public road during their work day. Most states figured out that when the auto manufacturers were required to include seat belts - and later shoulder harness and airbags there must have been a reason and they passed laws consistent with common sense. But Georgia? No thanks, we fine being 49th in education and last to join the seat belt parade - in 2010!

Sorry for the families, but from the photos I think that accident was survivable.

Live free or die!

Dondol's picture

Georgia was not last to join the Seat Belt parade, the great state of New Hampshire still does not require adults over 18 to wear seat belts in any vehicle. Now dont get me wrong, I believe in seat belts for everyone.

I didn't know New Hampshire was a Libertarian conclave! Or a Red-Nek Teas conclave!
No regulations you know? (unless they are to protect ME!)

Dondol's picture

No motorcycle helmets either. And the state motto is "Live Free or Die"

Busy Bee's picture

Florida does not require motorcycle helmets either. Around my house we call anyone who rides a motorcycle without a helmet an "organ donor".

Cyclist's picture

Thanks for the photos.

I see the tell-tail signs of "head into the windshield". Applying a little physics and assuming an individual weigh 160 lbs and the vehicle's velocity was 41 mph the resultant force would be.....................ah forget it. The details are not necessary but the message is... <strong>Wear your seat belt</strong> (PLEASE).

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Prayers to the Families...

A very sobering reminder. Sympathy to the families of those involved.

Thank you very much David's Mom

Virginia Bernard

Last month my car went off the road and hit a telephone. Between my seat belt and the air bag I was able to survive the wreck, which totaled my car. All I have is some bruises.

Many years ago, before air bags and seat belts, I had a similar wreck and the result was that I broke the windshield with my forehead. I am an epileptic and I believe that this wreck had a lot to do with the problem. My wife was in the car with me and she broke her hip when she was thrown against the door. She has has had pain at least weekly since that accident.

As you drive down the road, look over at the car alongside of you; you will still see many fools who are not wearing their seat belts.

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Welcome to the board and thanks for sharing your story.

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NUK_1's picture

I could really care less about mandatory seat belt or helmet laws when Darwin takes cares of some of these cases, but I'm wearing a seat belt regardless. It has saved me a couple of times in my driving career when I had unexpected rear-ended collisions by people who had suspended licenses for prior recorded events of their inability to operate a motor vehicle in a responsible or safe manner.

I feel like I am going to fall out of the car after 5 seconds if I am not strapped in. Just common sense...wear a seat belt regardless of any law anywhere. DUH. You are dealing with a mass of suckitude when it comes to fellow drivers out there.

This was my great uncle, and he made the mistake of not wearing his seat belt and now we don't have him with us anymore, he will be greatly missed, and we are saddened by this tragedy. Please wear your seat belt, it could save your life, Uncle Cona (Ronald) we miss you and may you R.I.P.
Love,
The whole Evans Family

Virginia Bernard

Thank you all for your prayers...

Virginia Bernard

Cyclist's picture

We are all sorry for the lose of your great uncle.

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Ricky Johnson was pronounced brain dead on Monday, August 30th. He will be taken off of life support on Sunday, August 29th. It was determined that alcohol was not the cause of the accident, but rather a stroke. Please pray for the family!

It could save your life.

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