In context: A Polk County woman has died in a Sunday morning accident in Floyd County. She’s among the 16 people to die on Georgia roads during the Christmas travel period which ends at 11:59 tonight.
Media release: A Rockmart woman was killed Sunday morning in a single vehicle crash on the southern Rome Bypass near Black Bluff Road. The driver of that vehicle was in serious condition at a local hospital.
Floyd County Police identified the victim is identified as Savannah Taylor Bennett, 28, of Rockmart. The driver was Micheal Cody Holland, 31, of Rockmart.
The couple were traveling with a group who had been hunting Sunday morning. The call to 911 was placed at 9:54 a.m. Evidence at the scene indicates that the Toyota truck was traveling south on Ga Loop 1 near Blacks Bluff Road when it left the western edge of the roadway. The driver overcorrected and lost control of the vehicle, which rolled several times and ejected both the driver and passenger.
Specialized crash investigators from the police department were requested by patrol to respond and conduct an examination of the incident, which marks 27 deaths from traffic crashes in 2021.
The Christmas travel period is from now until 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 26. The 78-hour New Year’s holiday period will begin at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 30, and end at 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 2.
- Christmas Holiday Traffic Count is 16 as of 6 p.m. Sunday.
- You can track reports here.
Last year, the 2020 Christmas holiday travel period was 78-hours long resulting in 21 fatalities from 19 fatal crashes. GSP investigated 294 crashes that resulted in 143 injuries and 10 fatal crashes resulting in 12 fatalities. Troopers and officers issued over 7,500 citations and over 9,900 warnings, with more than 180 people arrested for driving impaired.
During the 2020-21 New Year’s holiday travel period, which was 78-hours long, there were 14 fatalities from 11 fatal crashes. GSP investigated 548 crashes that resulted in 257 injuries and nine fatal crashes resulting in 12 fatalities. In addition, troopers and officers issued over 8,300 citations, over 9,900 warnings, and arrested more than 375 people for driving under the influence.