GSP reverses finding in Sept. 2 fatality crash
The Georgia State Patrol has reversed its findings in the Sept. 2 fatality crash that killed drivers Kati Womack, 21, of Oxford and Trinity Campbell, 39, of Monticello.
The crash occurred around 11:19 p.m. on Henderson Mill Road in Jasper County, just across the Newton County line.
Trooper Tom Bailey, who first worked the scene, initially said Womack appeared to have caused the accident; however, after returning to the scene with more officers, Bailey wrote in the traffic crash report that it appeared Campbell had in fact caused the accident by driving into Womack’s lane.
In the report, Campbell is listed as having exceeded the posted speed limit and failing to stay in the proper lane; no contributing actions are attributed to Womack.
According to the report, Campbell lost control of his Buick LeSabre while traveling around a curve and traveled into Womack’s lane while rotating clockwise. Womack’s Jeep Cherokee then hit the driver’s side of Campbell’s car and both cars
caught on fire. Both drivers were killed.
The two men who first arrived at the scene said they couldn’t help the victims because the fire was too intense, according to the report; the men called 911 at 11:19 p.m.
Womack was apparently driving home from her work, The Retreat Nursing Home in Monticello, while Campbell was apparently returning to Monticello after having purchased groceries in Covington, the report states.
Members of the Georgia State Patrol’s Special Collision Reconstruction Team assisted Bailey in the investigation, but spokeswoman Franka Young said Thursday that the team was still investigating the accident.
Trooper Bailey’s initial comments were printed in the Sept. 5 edition of The Covington News.