Cordele Dispatch, Cordele, GA

Local news

October 28, 2010

Vehicle accidents claim two local lives

Traveler injured on interstate

Vienna & Americus — Separate vehicle accidents this week have claimed the lives of two men, one from Vienna and the other from Cordele.

Charlie L. Kimsey of Vienna perished when the four-wheeler he was riding Sunday afternoon struck a tree. Tommy Glenn Haire of Cordele passed away Tuesday about 4 a.m., several hours after he crossed the center  line on GA 30 in Sumter County, and his vehicle was struck by another pickup truck.

Wednesday, about noon, a one-vehicle accident on I-75 in Dooly County left a North Carolina man critically injured. His traveling companion, a German Shepherd was struck and killed  after he was ejected from the vehicle when it overturned.

Vienna Police Chief Jamey Reed said one of his police officers responded to a call to a wooded area behind N. 6th St. about 1:45 p.m. Sunday.

When the officer arrived, he said both Dooly County EMS and Vienna Fire Department personnel were on the scene attending to Kimsey who had been involved in a four-wheeler accident.

Reed was notified and when he arrived on the scene, he said he learned that Mr. Kimsey had succumbed to his injuries. He and Officer Ray investigated the incident.

He said it appeared that the ATV struck a tree head-on at a high rate of speed. The rider was not wearing a helmet and was ejected. The preliminary investigation indicates that alcohol consumption may have been a contributing factor in the accident, Reed said.

“My heart goes out to Mr. Kimsey’s loved ones in this very difficult time. Given the tragic circumstances of this accident, I strongly encourage those who ride all-terrain vehicles to ensure they have the proper training and wear the appropriate safety gear at all times while riding.”

Americus Georgia State Patrol Post Commander Sgt. Ellis said Tommy Haire was traveling east in a 1998 Ford pickup truck on GA 30 near Lamar Rd. and the Flint River when he ran off the roadway onto the south shoulder about 10:15 p.m. Monday.

Ellis said Haire apparently overcorrected, lost control and went across both the east and westbound lanes before traveling into the path of a 2003 Chevrolet Silverado pickup driven by Jeremy Law, 29, of Americus.

Law’s vehicle then struck Haire’s truck in the passenger front door, spinning Haire’s truck around. Initially, Haire was transported to Crisp Regional, then airlifted to Medical Center of Central Georgia in Macon for treatment of his injuries.

Ellis said he passed away about 4 a.m. Tuesday in Macon. Haire, he said, was not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the accident.

Law also was injured, Ellis said, and he was transported to Phoebe-Sumter where he underwent surgery on some broken bones. His injuries did not appear to be life-threatening, the trooper said.

After the impact, Law’s vehicle traveled off the roadway into a ditch and stopped in a pecan orchard, Ellis explained. Law was wearing a seatbelt, the post commander said.

Leonard Lafiura of Murphy, NC was  airlifted to a Macon hospital after his SUV overturned on I-75 just south of Vienna.

Georgia State Patrol M/TPR David Grantham who responded to the scene said Lafiura suffered serious injuries in the crash. He was traveling north on I-75 when for unknown reasons he ran off the right hand side of the road striking a tree, Grantham added.

Both Mr. Lafiura and his dog Sam were ejected from the vehicle. Witnesses reported that Sam wandered onto the interstate where he was struck by a vehicle, then he ran off.

A truck driver traveling in that area stopped and chased the dog down, but he died enroute to a veterinarian’s office.

Grantham said Mr. Lafiura’s family was notified almost immediately.

Text Only
Local news
AP Video
Raw: 2 Shells Hit Fuel Tank at Gaza Power Plant Raw: Massive Explosions From Airstrikes in Gaza Giant Ketchup Bottle Water Tower Up for Sale Easier Nuclear Construction Promises Fall Short Kerry: Humanitarian Cease-fire Efforts Continue Raw: Corruption Trial Begins for Former Va Gov. The Carbon Trap: US Exports Global Warming UN Security Council Calls for Gaza Cease-fire Traditional African Dishes Teach Healthy Eating 13 Struck by Lightning on Calif. Beach Baseball Hall of Famers Inducted Israel, Hamas Trade Fire Despite Truce in Gaza Italy's Nibali Set to Win First Tour De France Raw: Shipwrecked Concordia Completes Last Voyage Raw: Sea Turtle Hatchlings Emerge From Nest Raw: Massive Dust Storm Covers Phoenix 12-hour Cease-fire in Gaza Fighting Begins Raw: Bolivian Dancers Attempt to Break Record Raw: Israel, Palestine Supporters Rally in US Raw: Air Algerie Flight 5017 Wreckage
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
NDN Video
Staten Island Man's Emotional Dunk Over NYPD Car - @TheBuzzeronFOX "The Bachelorette" Makes Her Decision 'Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1' Sneak Peek GMA: Dog passes out from excitment to see owner Chapter Two: Designing for Naomi Watts Baseball Hall of Famers Inducted Florida Keys Webcam Captures Turtles Hatching Morgan Freeman Sucks Down Helium on 'Tonight Show' Robin Wright Can Dance! (WATCH) She's Back! See Paris Hilton's New Carl's Jr. Ad Big Weekend For Atlanta Braves In Cooperstown - @TheBuzzeronFox Chapter Two: Becoming a first-time director What's Got Jack Black Freaking Out at Comic-Con? Doctors Remove 232 Teeth From Teen's Mouth Bradley Cooper Explains His Voice in 'Guardians of the Galaxy' Deja vu: Another NYPD officer choke-holding a suspect 'Fifty Shades of Grey': Watch the Super Sexy First Trailer Now! Reports: Ravens RB Ray Rice Suspended For 1st 2 Games Of The Season Air Algerie plane with 119 on board missing over Mali Diamond Stone, Malik Newman, Josh Jackson and others showcase talent