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Fatal wreck suspect arrested after alleged hospital escape
Suspect was fugitive for three days
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Dawn Satterfield

A Gainesville woman who was sought by law enforcement for more than three days in connection with a fatal wreck was booked into the Hall County jail Tuesday night.

Dawn E. Satterfield, 46, of Gainesville was wanted on charges of felony first-degree vehicular homicide, driving under the influence of drugs and escape in connection with a crash that occurred on Ga. 60 in South Hall early Saturday, Georgia State Patrol Cpl. Curtis Bradshaw said. Satterfield is accused of leaving a hospital after her arrest.

She surrendered to officials Tuesday night at the Hall County jail.

Authorities say that shortly before 1:30 a.m. Saturday, Satterfield’s 2007 Honda Accord was northbound when it crossed over the center line on Ga. 60 near Lee Land Road, colliding head-on with a southbound Dodge Caravan. A passenger in the Caravan, 58-year-old Guadalupe Hernandez Vazquez, was killed.

Satterfield showed signs of impairment at the crash scene and was advised by a state trooper that she was under arrest on a charge of DUI, Bradshaw said. Emergency medical crews then took her by ambulance to Northeast Georgia Medical Center for treatment of unspecified injuries.

Satterfield left the hospital by unknown means early Saturday before an investigating trooper arrived. Her car was impounded.

Prior to her arrest Tuesday, Bradshaw said troopers had pursued several leads in their search for her.

Satterfield also faces charges of leaving the scene of a collision with death, serious injury by vehicle, failure to maintain lane and driving on the wrong side of the road.

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