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Man killed after car overturns on Athens Highway

A man was killed Thursday, June 14, when the car he was in went down an embankment on Athens Highway/U.S. 129 and overturned on the passenger side, according to authorities.

Robert Thomas Brooks Jr., 43, of Comer, was fatally injured in the wreck Thursday afternoon.

Georgia State Patrol said Jana Lynn York, 38, of Winder was driving a Volkswagen Jetta with Brooks as a passenger.

York was driving southbound on Athens Highway near Gaines Mill Road when the car went off the west shoulder “for an unknown reason,” Cpl. Josh Hedden said.

Hedden said the car then struck a sign and continued down an embankment.

“(The car) struck a ditch with the front of (the) vehicle and overturned onto the passenger side,” Hedden wrote in an email.

York was seriously injured. Hedden said charges are pending in the case.

Hall County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Derreck Booth said the southbound side of Athens Highway was shut down Thursday afternoon, but it was reopened around 2:40 p.m.

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