The Christmas holiday weekend ended up with a gift to area law enforcement — little in the way of wrecks, let alone serious ones.
Police departments and sheriff’s offices reported a quiet Sunday evening, a time when many motorists are returning home after a long weekend of celebrating the holiday with families.
The number of traffic wrecks, injuries and deaths on Georgia’s roads during the holiday was well below estimates as of late Sunday evening.
The Department of Public Safety was reporting 1,688 crashes involving 384 injuries and seven deaths.
The fatalities were handled by authorities in Cobb County, DeKalb County, Morrow, Dublin and Brunswick.
One of the fatal wrecks involved a Savannah woman and her daughter who were killed in a Christmas Day car accident in Laurens County.
The department had projected 2,226 crashes involving 976 injuries and 18 deaths.
Last year, the Georgia State Patrol worked 2,783 crashes involving 1,261 injuries and 24 deaths.
The Christmas reporting period began at 6 p.m. Thursday and ended at midnight Sunday.
In other incidents across the state this weekend:
A 2-year old child died after being struck Sunday by a van in the driveway of the Cherokee county home where she was living. The girl was rushed to WellStar Kennestone Hospital where she later died.
Police say a man was killed after he was pulled out of a car in the middle of the road in Atlanta and shot to death late Saturday. Three people inside of a blue Mazda dragged another person out of the car and shot him four or five times, according to police. The shooter and the other people then got back into the vehicle and sped away.
Authorities expect to continue searching on Sunday for an elderly woman missing from her South Georgia home since Thursday. Emergency personnel have been combing they water for 77-year-old Fannie Corley after her teal 1992 Dodge Dynasty was found empty at about 10 a.m. Thursday on a Lee County bridge near Lake Chehaw. It is feared that she had either jumped or fallen into the lake or nearby creek.
In Fayetteville, police shot and wounded a robbery suspect who pulled a gun Saturday night at a drug store. The robbery suspect was taken into custody and then transported to Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta. His injuries were not believed to be life-threatening.
Two women who were shot while sleeping in their Kennesaw home early Saturday did not suffer life-threatening injuries. Neighbors who live nearby say they heard at least five shots and then a car speeding away.