Lights and Sirens

Deadly 48 hours on north Fayette roads – 3 dead, 4 injured

Firefighters work to remove a door of the Toyota Camry to reach a victim who was trapped inside, while paramedics, at left, attend to victims of the crash including (at left) the one child in a car seat, identified as Caleah Thomas, age 3, who is in very critical condition. Photo/John Munford.

Fayette County just experienced more traffic fatalities in one 48-hour period than at any time in recent memory.

In the period from Friday morning to Sunday morning, three people lost their lives and four were injured in three separate crashes, all in north Fayette.

The first fatality happened Friday morning.

A Riverdale woman died in a traffic accident May 30 on Ga. Highway 279 near Helmer Road.
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F'ville man dies in 1-vehicle accident

A Fayetteville man died June 1 after his vehicle left the roadway on Mann Road and turned over multiple times.

Joseph Dobson, 25, was pronounced dead at the scene, according Sheriff Barry Babb.

Babb said deputies at 7:40 a.m. responded to a single vehicle traffic accident at 143 Mann Road, a rural dirt road in the northwest section of Fayette County near the Fulton County line.

Upon arriving at the scene, deputies and medics located an overturned Ford Expedition that was determined to have left the roadway and violently rolled multiple times, Babb said. Read More»

Another stuck truck in what was Lake Peachtree

Another stuck truck in what was Lake Peachtree

Curious motorists are continuing to venture out onto the exposed bed of the drained Lake Peachtree ... but they’re not getting back out. This driver and others are being cited by police with violating a city ordinance forbidding the “improper use of Lake Peachtree.” Photo courtesy Peachtree City Police Department.

Riverdale woman dies in traffic collision in north Fayette

A Riverdale woman died in a traffic accident May 30 on Ga. Highway 279 near Helmer Road.

Thirty-one-year-old Danielle Joyner of Riverdale was killed in a three-car collision after the car she was driving crossed Read More»

1 child killed, 1 critically injured in Friday wreck at Pavilion entrance

Fayette County and Fayetteville fire crews had to extricate one of the children who was trapped inside the car. Two victims were flown to hospitals in downtown Atlanta. Police said this car turned into the path of a full-size passenger truck that was going southbound through the intersection of Ga. Highway 314 and Pavilion Parkway. Photo/John Munford.

UPDATED June 1 — A mid-morning accident Friday on Ga. Highway 314 and Pavilion Parkway in Fayetteville involving two vehicles resulted in the death of one child and the injury Read More»

Head-on crash claims life of PTC man, 55

A May 24 head-on collision on Fischer Road in east Coweta County claimed the life of a Peachtree City resident.

Michael Naber, 55, died at the scene of the accident that occurred at the intersection of Fischer Road and Westminster Village Boulevard, according to Coweta County Fire Dept. Assistant Chief Mitch Coggin, who said units were notified of the collision at 9:53 p.m. Read More»

PTC July 4 fireworks to proceed, even if lake remains dry

PTC July 4 fireworks to proceed, even if lake remains dry

Lake Peachtree may be down for some time, but the city’s July 4 fireworks display will go on over the lake, water or none, city officials have said.

The lake’s level was lowered in February to allow residents to repair docks and maintain the shoreline, but structural problems were found with the lake's spillway, putting a halt to plans to refill the lake in April. City and county officials are working together on a plan to temporarily repair the spillway, but the state may force the lake to remain unfilled until permanent repairs are made. Read More»

Fayette may back off fire aid to F’ville

A Fayette County fire truck parked in Fayetteville recently. Photo/Ben Nelems.

Will county fire trucks roll or ‘wait’ on F’ville fires? Rapson: ‘We can’t be augmenting Fayetteville fire services’ Read More»

Sheriff: homeowner mistakenly shoots brother

The Fayette County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a May 4 shooting in which a homeowner mistakenly shot his younger brother during the night at a home on Sandy Lake Circle, according to Sheriff Barry Babb.

The sleeping resident awoke during the night to what he thought was an intruder, but it was actually his guest and younger brother who had gone to use the restroom, Babb said.

Unaware, the resident retrieved his pistol and shot his brother once, with the round entering and exiting the brother’s abdomen and grazing his arm, Babb said. Read More»

Young child injured in fall

A 2-year-old child was injured May 4 during a fall from a second-story window at a home on Adams Road, according to Fayette County Sheriff Barry Babb.

The window had been opened to release smoke and odor from the home after food had burned on the stove, and despite the screen being intact the child pushed through and fell to the patio below, Babb said.

The child was airlifted to the hospital but did not suffer life-threatening injuries, Babb said.