10 killed in holiday weekend crashes
by The Associated Press
July 09, 2013 12:24 AM | 1445 views | 0 0 comments | 17 17 recommendations | email to a friend | print
ATLANTA — Georgia state police said Monday that 10 people were killed on the state’s roads in crashes during the July Fourth holiday travel period.

State troopers investigated 785 crashes that resulted in 374 injuries during the holiday travel period, which began at 6 p.m. Wednesday and ended Sunday at midnight, according to Georgia State Patrol spokesman Gordy Wright.

Traffic fatalities were reported by law enforcement agencies throughout the state, including police departments in Atlanta and Fulton County.

Dennis Wynn, 49, of Stapleton was killed when he lost control of his car on state Route 102 and hit another vehicle in Jefferson County. Wynn’s car overturned; police said he wasn’t wearing a seatbelt at the time.

Officials said Felipe Cano Martinez, 68, and Rosa Maria Martinez, 69, both from San Antonio, Texas, were killed Friday morning when the motorcycle they were riding hit two trees as they exited Interstate 20 in Haralson County.

Ronnie Lee Butler, 28, of Rossville, was killed early Sunday morning when he lost control of his Honda Civic on Interstate 75 in Catoosa County. Officials said the car was traveling along a sharp downhill curve when it left the roadway, hit a guardrail and hit a tree.

Identities of the other crash victims weren’t immediately available.

Aside from the crashes and fatalities, more than 300 people were arrested for driving under the influence during the holiday travel period, state patrol officials said. Troopers also conducted more than 16,600 traffic stops during the holiday travel period.

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