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Authorities investigating July 4 wreck
2 teenagers were killed in accident
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Officials are investigating an accident in which a Jeep carrying five unbuckled teenagers flipped on Whelchel Mill Road Monday afternoon, ejecting several passengers and killing two.

Georgia State Patrol officials say Christian J. Walker, 16, of Cumming, and Brandon Jay Hodges, 14, of Lawrenceville were both killed in the accident around 2 p.m.

Tony James Delong, 19, of Gainesville was driving when the Jeep left the dirt roadway in a curve, according to GSP.

The vehicle hit an embankment and overturned several times. No one was wearing a seat belt and several passengers were ejected.

Delong and two other teenagers, Jacob Lord, 15, and Kayla Parker, 18, both of Dawsonville, were injured in the accident and transported to the Northeast Georgia Medical Center.

Patrol officials say the Specialized Collision Reconstruction Team is conducting an in-depth investigation.

They will interview witnesses, map the scene and complete a full report before working with prosecutors to decide if charges need to be filed.

Another Hall County fatality occurred Sunday when a motorcyclist died in an accident in Gainesville.

The victim was identified as 41-year-old Harry Anthony Drasutis of Birmingham, Ala., who was in town visiting family. Drasutis was driving a motorcycle southbound about 5:24 p.m. when he lost control negotiating a curve on Oak Street, police said.

The Georgia State Patrol says 19 people were killed in the state in highway accidents during the July 4 holiday period.

The patrol says 17 accidents claimed at least one life on Georgia highways during the period from 6 p.m. Friday and midnight Monday.

The patrol says 11 people were killed in highway accidents during the July 4 holiday period a year ago.


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