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Braselton man, teen son killed in Marietta collision

POSTED: March 29, 2008 5:00 a.m.
A Braselton man and his teenage son were killed in a head-on collision Sunday night in Marietta.

Rod Godfrey, 47, died in the helicopter en route to the hospital, and Eric Godfrey, 17, died at the scene of the crash, the Marietta Police Department reported.

Eric’s mother, Clare, 51, and 12-year-old brother, Jacob, also were injured. As of Monday evening, Clare was in serious condition at Atlanta Medical Center.
Jacob was at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Scottish Rite with a broken collar bone and ribs, according to a bulletin sent by the family’s church, Zion Baptist of Braselton.

About 9 p.m. Sunday, the family of four was returning home from a concert in which Eric performed.

As they were headed southbound on the Canton Road Connector in a 1995 Ford Taurus, a 1999 Mercury Villager minivan was traveling the wrong way in the same lane. The two vehicles crashed head-on.

The minivan driver, Nicasio Rodrigo Vicente-Hernandez, 29, of Kennesaw also was killed.

Eric was a sophomore at Jackson County Comprehensive High School. Students in the band were most affected by the news of Eric’s death, principal Todd McGhee said Monday.

"Eric was a very popular band student and a very talented band student," McGhee said.

Rod headed up the Band Parents and was very active in his sons’ schools, church and civic organizations.

Additional counselors were available at the high school to support students and faculty.

"It will be a tough one for everyone," said Keith Everson, assistant superintendent for the school system.

Funeral arrangements have not been announced.



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