A Virginia man going the wrong way on Interstate 85 in Jackson County was killed in a fiery crash early Friday when his vehicle struck another, authorities said.
Jonathan Drayton Julious Holloway, 23, of Newport News, Virginia, was pronounced dead at the scene.
The driver in the second vehicle, Kyle Jeannings House, 31, of Alto, was seriously injured and transported to Northeast Georgia Medical Center in Gainesville.
A Jackson County Sheriff’s Office deputy first noticed Holloway driving an Audi A4 that could not stay in his lane as he was heading southbound at 3:30 a.m. on I-85 just above the Dry Pond Road exit near Jefferson, said Steve Nichols, Jackson County director of emergency services.
Authorities tried to stop the vehicle but the driver “attempted to elude the officer and exited on the Jefferson exit,” Nichols wrote in a news release. Due to safety concerns, authorities did not chase the vehicle.
Holloway made several turns on U.S. 129 North and then returned to I-85 going north in the the southbound lanes, Nichols said.
“Officers attempted to warn oncoming traffic of the dangers ahead as to avoid any problems,” Nichols wrote.
Holloway’s car collided with House’s Subaru Crosstrek at 3:45 a.m. at the 142-mile marker. Plainview fire and rescue and Jackson County EMS personnel responded.
“(Holloway) was not wearing a seatbelt and pronounced deceased at the scene,” according to Georgia State Patrol. “It was discovered he had a revoked driver’s license and multiple warrants for his arrest out of Virginia for miscellaneous traffic charges.”
State patrol said a handgun and narcotics were found in the Audi.
“The incident is still under investigation and a blood test will be conducted on Mr. Holloway to determine if he was impaired by alcohol or drugs,” state patrol said.
The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office and state patrol are investigating.