GSP re­verses find­ing in Sept. 2 fa­tal­ity crash

The Covington News - - The Second Front - GABRIEL KHOULI gkhouli@cov­

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.

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