Wednesday, May 14, 2008
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Gwinnett Daily Post
WINDER - Three people were killed and two others were seriously injured early Tuesday in a fiery head-on collision accident on State Road 11, police said.
Based on a statement given by an eye-witness, Winder Police Department Capt. Dennis Dorsey said the driver of a Dodge Neon tried to pass a transfer truck on State Road 11 southbound and the Neon ended up hitting a Mercury Grand Marquee head-on.
Derrick Banks, 21, the lone passenger inside the Neon, was pronounced dead at the scene. Wilber F. Taylor, 71, the Grand Marquee's driver, and Dorothy Jean Pike-Taylor, a 70-year-old passenger in that vehicle, were also killed.
Levi Brooks, 18, who police say was driving the Neon, was in serious condition at Gwinnett Medical Center late Tuesday. Gerald Whitlow, a 65-year-old passenger in the back seat of the Grand Marquee, was in serious condition late Tuesday at Grady Hospital.
The accident, which occurred shortly after 1 a.m., caused the vehicles to be engulfed in flames. First-arriving officers had to use fire extinguishers to suppress the blaze while Barrow County sheriff's deputies attempted to remove several people from the vehicles.
Dorsey said a preliminary investigation corroborates the eye-witness account. Due to their medical conditions, Brooks and Whitlow have not been interviewed by authorities, he said.