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Dump truck driver: Brakes not working in fatal crash

A dump truck driver for Waste Management told Georgia State Patrol his brakes didn’t work in a fatal Wednesday afternoon wreck in White County.

Georgia State Patrol post commander Anthony Coleman said Jeremy Dooley, 30, from Washington, was traveling westbound in a Mack CV700 dump truck on Albert Reid Road in Cleveland near Ga. 11. At the same time, Dayna Neal, 56, of Buford, was driving northbound on Ga. 11 in a Ford Focus.

Coleman said the dump truck did not stop at the stop sign and struck the Ford Focus’ right passenger side. The Ford Focus then struck the guardrail.

“(Dooley) stated that his brakes did not work when he applied them,” Coleman wrote in an email.

Georgia State Patrol received the call around 3:45 p.m. Wednesday, July 18.

Dooley was uninjured, and Neal was transported to Northeast Georgia Medical Center with non life-threatening injuries.

Neal’s passenger, Betsy Marquis, 83, of Cleveland, was killed.

Coleman said charges are pending on Dooley.

All involved were wearing seatbelts.

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