Police: Car seen speeding just before crash Friday

Mon, 06/11/2007 - 11:17am
By: John Munford

Police say speed may have played a role in a Friday afternoon wreck on Peachtree Parkway that seriously injured a Sharpsburg woman.

A witness told police that he saw the 2001 Toyota Corolla going “extremely fast” moments before the car crashed into a patch of trees in the median just south of Windgate Road, said Police Chief James Murray.

The driver of the car, Meghan Sanchez, 22, of Hillsborough Court, was ejected through the rear windshield, police said. According to witness statements and a physical examination of the scene, the car was in the left hand lane going north on the parkway when the left wheels crossed the yellow line and left the road, police said.

Sanchez then tried to get back on the road but over-corrected, sending the car spinning sideways before it struck several trees, police said.

The investigation into the crash is ongoing, Murray said.

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Submitted by petty on Thu, 03/19/2009 - 2:25am.

Speed can be a big factor but what about the driver's recklessness? Oh that's how seat belts & muffler parts should be used.

Submitted by skyspy on Mon, 06/11/2007 - 10:02pm.

Speed?? Huh, who would have guessed?

I agree with cowtpn, let them ride w/o seatbelts. Let's let the "theory of evolution" work for us. We are short of clean air and water right now anyway. That's all we need is our do-gooder-cops enforcing the seatbelt laws.

Here is a question for our cops: How many people have been ejected from their cars when they are wearing their seatbelts??

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Submitted by cowtipn on Mon, 06/11/2007 - 1:07pm.

For people who drive recklessly like that, (35% or more than the limit) they should remove their seatbelts instead of issuing tickets. That will slow them down!

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Submitted by Git Real on Mon, 06/11/2007 - 12:19pm.

Case closed. The trees will be found innocent! Smiling


"That man was Griffin Judicial Circuit District Attorney Scott Ballard".


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Submitted by nuk on Mon, 06/11/2007 - 2:20pm.

It's a big victory for the trees, who were facing possibly the death penalty if pentapenguin had their way. Still no word on whether the trees might be charged with "loitering."

That type of automobile accident where a driver runs off the edge of the road on one side and over-corrects causing a flip kills a lot of teenagers every year. It's been a long time since I had driver's ed but I hope they are really stressing to teens how to handle this type of situation because it's real easy for the novice driver to end up dead. Of course, no matter how much it is emphasized, people also ignore the benefits of wearing a seatbelt too so then Darwin comes into play.


Submitted by ShortField on Tue, 06/12/2007 - 9:50am.

I heard through the grape vine that Thurbert Baker is appealing the ruling so the trees may not get off so easy.

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