A Madison County woman has died from injuries sustained in an accident on Hwy. 29 near the Georgia State Patrol Office Feb. 20.
Inez Rogers, 60, died March 5 from injuries sustained in a head-on collision when a car driven by an Athens man crossed into the path of the vehicle she traveled in as a passenger.
The two men in the other vehicle died at the scene.
Sgt. Von Anderson, commanding officer of the Athens-Clarke police Traffic Unit, said there is evidence to indicate that intoxicants were potentially a factor in the vehicle crossing into the wrong lane. But he wouldn’t offer any details on the evidence. Anderson said this week that it may be months before the blood test results are available to determine if intoxicants played a role in the crash.
The wreck happened at approximately 5:15 p.m., Feb. 20. According reports from the Athens-Clarke County Police Department, Gaydell Edwards Kesler, 66, Hull, was driving a 2009 Honda Accord, south on Hwy 29 N. near the Georgia State Patrol office when Barry Lynn Dailey, 46, Winterville, who was driving north in a 1996 Mitsubishi Galant, crossed the median and struck the Accord head on.
After impact the Dailey vehicle caught fire. Citizens were able to remove the driver from the vehicle but were unable to remove his passenger, Bud Eugene Dailey, 51, Athens. Both Daileys died at the scene.
“We believe they were both killed on impact,” said Anderson, who said the wreck happened when Dailey crossed from the north-bound to south-bound lanes about 50 feet north of the Georgia State Patrol office at a cut-through point.
Kesler and her passengers, including Rogers, and Allie Marie Faulkner, 10, Hull, were transported to Athens Regional Medical Center. Faulkner was later taken to Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston with broken bones and other injuries.