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June 9, 2014

2 die in car crashes

MOULTRIE — Two men were killed in separate weekend accidents in which they were ejected from the cars they were driving.

Alexander Joseph Murphy, 20, a 2012 graduate of Colquitt County High, was pronounced dead at the scene of a Sunday night accident on Doerun-Funston Road, Colquitt County Coroner Verlyn Brock said on Monday.

Murphy’s Jeep Cherokee apparently left the roadway as he was driving at about 9:20 p.m. Sunday, and when he tried to get back on the road lost control. Murphy was thrown from the Jeep and apparently died on impact, Brock said.

The Jeep caught fire, but it was only as a deputy sheriff was approaching the vehicle during the course of the investigation, he said.

In a Saturday evening accident, Dean Marcus Benton, 61, was killed in a single-vehicle accident in Thomas County.

A Georgia State Patrol spokeswoman said Monday that Benton was driving east on Bee Line Road at about 7 p.m. when he lost control of his car.

He went into a ditch and the car overturned several times. Benton was ejected.

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