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Lanier was quiet, but 19 died statewide over the weekend

POSTED: September 6, 2008 5:00 a.m.

The death toll hit 19 in Labor Day weekend activities across the state, according to state officials.

The Georgia State Patrol reported 457 injuries and 18 deaths. One death in Habersham County was worked by the Georgia State Patrol’s Toccoa post.

Lori A. McLarty, 29, of Loganville, was driving her vehicle north on Ga. 15 when she crossed the median and struck a motorcycle driven in the southbound lane by Sean Enlow, 34, of McDonough, killing him, said patrol Operator Dean Wood.

The wreck happened at 7:53 p.m. Sunday near Glen Hardman Road, Wood said.

Lake Lanier was quiet, said spokesman Rick Lavender of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources.

Lavender said rangers on the lake worked seven boating under the influence cases, one boating incident and one injury, which wasn’t serious. Statewide, the DNR dealt with 15 BUIs, seven boating incidents, six injuries and one drowning in a private pond in the Savannah area.

Lavender said Lake Lanier was dead on Monday, but a little busy on Saturday.

The Georgia State Patrol worked 1,768 wrecks as of Monday evening, according to the Georgia Department of Public Safety.

The Labor Day holiday travel period began at 6 p.m. Friday and ended at midnight Monday.

The Georgia State Patrol and the Crash Reporting Unit of the Georgia Department of Transportation predicted 1,898 traffic crashes, 901 injuries and 16 traffic deaths on Georgia roads.

Last year, during the 78-hour period, there were 2,150 crashes, 1,048 injuries and 12 traffic deaths in 11 fatal crashes.



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