James Kellet Holcombe, 27, was traveling east on GA 120 approximately 1.5 miles east of Pine Grove Road in a Dodge Dakota on the afternoon of Aug. 30. According to an incident report by the Georgia State Patrol, while negotiating a curve his vehicle crossed the double yellow center line and entered the westbound lane of travel, striking a Chevrolet Silverado driven by James Andrew Cothran, killing Holcombe and seriously injuring Cothran and Holcombe’s passenger, Melinda Hembree.
After emergency services arrived on the scene, Cothran and Hembree were airlifted to Atlanta Medical Center.
On Saturday evening, four evacuees from New Orleans were killed in a traffic accident on Interstate 20 in Carroll County. According to the GSP, their vehicle left the road and traveled in the highway’s median, striking a tree.
During the Labor Day holiday travel period, which lasts for 78 hours between 6 p.m. Aug. 29 and midnight on Labor Day, the GSP reported 2,154 traffic crashes, 577 injures and 13 fatal crashes resulting in 18 deaths.
This year’s Labor Day traffic statistics were higher than expected, as the GSP was anticipating 1,898 crashes, 901 injuries and 16 fatalities. In 2007, there were 2,150 crashes, 1,048 injures and 12 fatalities.
The next holiday travel period covers the Thanksgiving holiday, and lasts from 6 p.m. on Nov. 26 until midnight on Nov. 30.