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Joshua Clent Pritchett

Just hours after a deadly fire in Berlin, a young Norman Park man was killed in a two-vehicle collision near New Elm Friday night.

Joshua Clent Pritchett, 19, was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash, according to Colquitt County Coroner Verlyn Brock.

Brock said he could give very little information about the wreck itself; the Georgia State Patrol is investigating and should have a report soon. The GSP office could not be reached Saturday.

He did say, however, that Pritchett was driving a full-size pickup truck, which collided with an SUV after 11 p.m. Friday at 5822 Highway 33 North.

Brock said a woman in the pickup truck with Pritchett was injured and has since been transferred to Archbold Memorial Hospital in Thomasville, but he didn’t have her name.

The driver of the SUV was not seriously hurt, Brock said. He was the vehicle’s only occupant, and Brock also did not have his name.

Colquitt County responders closed part of Highway 33 while the wreck was being investigated and cleared. Traffic was rerouted onto Greene Dairy Road and Toney Brothers Road. Brock said the highway was still closed when he left the scene about 2:30 a.m. Saturday, but it was reopened some time after that.

The accident happened about 10 hours after a mobile home fire on Hiers Street in Berlin. The body of 65-year-old Mary Olliff was found inside the mobile home, which she shares with her husband. Her remains have been sent to the state medical examiner’s office, and Brock said he had no new information in that case.

Obituaries for Pritchett and Olliff both appear in today’s obituaries section, which begins on Page 2A.

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