Media release: Traffic crashes across Georgia during the Labor Day holiday travel period resulted in nine deaths, with eight being investigated by troopers. Among those killed were a Calhoun man and a 3-year-old boy who was a passenger on an ATV. Over Labor Day 2018, accidents claimed 18 lives.
Statewide, Georgia state troopers investigated 523 traffic crashes that resulted in 288 injuries and eight fatalities. In addition to the traffic crash investigations, 244 people were arrested for driving under the influence, while 5,897 citations and 7,320 warnings were issued. Troopers also issued over 600 citations under the Hands Free Georgia law.
|Total Fatalities Reported in Georgia||Deaths|
|Fatalities Investigated by GSP Troopers||8|
|Fatalities Investigated by Local Agencies||1|
|Total Fatalities Statewide for Holiday Period||9|
|GSP Troops||Agencies Reporting Fatalities||Total Fatalities|
|Troop A||GSP Cartersville, GSP Dalton, Calhoun Police||3|
|Troop B||GSP Gainesville||1|
|Troop D||GSP Manchester||1|
|Troop F||GSP Swainsboro||2|
|Troop G||GSP Albany||1|
|Troop H||GSP Valdosta||1|
A 3-year-old boy has died following an accident on a Polaris Ranger 700 XP, according to the Georgia State Patrol:
The ATV, driven by a teen, was traveling south on Old Tennessee Highway in Acworth when the vehicle went off the west shoulder of the roadway. The vehicle overturned on the roadway, then traveled off the east shoulder and came to rest in a a ditch. The passenger, Rhys Howard, was fatally injured during the crash. The accident investigation is continuing.
The boy was the son of John Howard, an assistant principal at Woodland High School, according to a post by Raccoon Creek Baptist Church. It adds, “Please keep this family in your prayers.”
Robert Mickie Simpson, 57, of Calhoun died in the accident on Erwin Street in Calhoun city limits early Sunday, says Gordon County Deputy Coroner Bo Nicholson.
Ponders Calhoun Chapel is in charge of arrangements. It posted the following obituary:
Mr. Robert “Mickey” Simpson, age 57 of Calhoun, Ga., departed this life Sunday morning, September 1, 2019, from injuries sustained in an automobile accident.
Mickey was born on October 22, 1961 in Moulton, Ala. He was the son of Robert Stanley Simpson of Calhoun, Ga., and the late Evelyn Cole Simpson. Mickey was a graduate of the Class of 1980 at Calhoun High School. He owned and operated Mickey’s Sales and Floors of Georgia.
Mickey is survived by his father, Robert “Stanley” Simpson of Calhoun, Ga.; aunts and uncles, William and Dixie Dutton of Moulton, Alabama, Harold “Buddy” and Charlotte Cole of Pensacola, Florida; cousins, Jeff Dutton of Nashville, Tennessee, Chad Cole of Pensacola, Florida, and Chasity Cole of Decatur, Alabama; and many special friends also survive.
Services to celebrate the life of Mickey Simpson will be held on Saturday, September 7, 2019, at 2 p.m. from Heritage Baptist Church. Reverend Larry Hibberts and Reverend Eddie Brannon will officiate. Faye Bentley and Kenny Herron will provide musical selections. Mickey will be laid to rest at Aldridge Grove Church of Christ Cemetery in Moulton, Ala. Bruce Stocks, Michael McEntyre, Larry Dixon, Zip Holland, Scott Whittle, Eddie Woodall, Mike Garigan and Donnie Hollingsworth will all be honored to serve as pallbearers.
The Simpson family will receive friends on Friday, September 6, 2019 between the hours of 5 and 8 p.m. at Heritage Baptist Church.
In lieu of flowers the family has requested that donations be made in memory of Mickey to your favorite charity.
Over the Labor Day holiday in 2018, 18 people lost their lives.Statewide, Georgia state troopers investigated 446 traffic crashes that resulted in 203 injuries and nine fatalities. In addition to the traffic crash investigations, 322 people were arrested for driving under the influence, while 9,008 citations and 12,180 warnings were issued.
Local agencies reporting traffic deaths during the holiday period were: Cobb County PD, Clayton County PD, Richmond County SO; and Union City PD.