MOULTRIE — Roads in Colquitt County were again deadly in 2005. Eleven accidents proved fatal, claiming 13 lives. The number of deaths was one fewer than the 14 people killed in 11 fatal crashes in 2004.

Sgt. 1st Class M.K. Pittman of the Georgia State Patrol (GSP) office in Thomasville said the GSP worked a total of 156 accidents in Colquitt County in 2005. In those accidents, 167 people were injured and seven people were killed.

Those killed in accidents the GSP investigated were:

• Maggie Dunn, 57, of Crosland, was killed after her Mazda Millennia collided head-on with a Chevrolet Camaro on Elton Clark Road in Crosland about 4:30 p.m. Feb. 15. The other driver was seriously injured but was released from Colquitt Regional Medical Center March 5;

• Margaret Ann Lorio, 34, of Moultrie, was killed when her Ford Explorer overturned on Sardis Church Road just north of Skipper Road at 12:31 a.m. April 3. Two passengers in the vehicles were also injured as a result of the accident, and Lorio was not wearing a seatbelt when the accident occurred;

• Andrew Bartholomew “Chopper” Summerlin, 31, of 520 Indian Lake Drive, died after he lost control of his Yamaha motorcycle on Old Norman Park Road near Norman Park at 10:24 p.m. April 14;

• James W. “Jimmy” Gibbs, 62, and Rhonda Maxwell Gibbs, 63, both of Moultrie, were killed about 9:30 p.m. May 27 on Georgia Highway 37 after their vehicle was hit head-on by a Ford Explorer;

• Jack Mack Spradley, 77, of 704 12th Ave. S.E., suffered an apparent heart attack and died while driving on 10th Street Southeast about 9:12 p.m. Dec. 2. The Lincoln Town Car Spradley was driving hit a culvert and came to rest in a ditch, but he had died before the accident occurred, the Colquitt County coroner said; and

• Benjamin Keith Nagle, 28, of Doerun, was killed when his vehicle ran off Green Dairy Road at 5:56 a.m. Dec. 3. Nagle lost control of his vehicle as it ran off the road, hitting a road sign and a culvert before overturning.

The Moultrie Police Department was called to 730 accidents on roadways and 259 on private property, such as a store parking lot, in 2005, according to its records. A total of 259 people reported being injured in those accidents, and six people were killed.

Moultrie Police Sgt. Sam Smith said a large number of the 730 accidents investigated were caused by one of the drivers failing to yield or stop at a light or sign. Alcohol also played a role in many of accidents, including two of the fatal ones.

Those who were killed in accidents investigated by the Moultrie Police Department were:

• Janice Matthew Law, 64, of 123 Seventh Ave. S.W., was killed when her Lincoln Towncar was hit as she attempted to cross North Main Street onto Sylvester Drive about 10:10 a.m. Feb. 3;

• Sharon E. Burns, 38 of Crawfordville, Fla., a passenger in a Saturn, was killed when the car, driven by Jacqueline Bolduc, 38, of Eastman, was hit while turning from Highway 319 onto South Main Street at 7:12 p.m. March 4. Five other people were injured in the three-vehicle accident;

• Charles Wayne Whitaker Sr., 65, of 39 Swamson Road in Thomasville, died after being hit by a Ford F-150 as he walked across Highway 133 South at 8:35 p.m. Oct. 4. Whitaker was taken to Archbold Memorial Hospital in Thomasville following the accident, but had improved and was transferred to a swing bed at Mitchell County Hospital before developing an infection. He died Oct. 31;

• Brittany Michelle Huite, 18, of 655 Connell Road, and Edgar Jameson Byrd, 64, of 136 Lynch St. in Crosland, were both killed in a three-vehicle accident on Highway 133 South about 8:37 a.m. Dec. 16; and

• Marcos Mejia Ramires, 20, of 370 Magnolia Ave., was killed when his Saturn was hit head-on by a tractor-trailer rig on Highway 133 about 7:30 p.m. Dec. 23.

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