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Woman charged in rollover crash that closed I-985

A Norcross woman was charged with failure to maintain lane in a two-car accident Saturday, Aug. 25, near the Friendship Road exit off Interstate 985 in South Hall.

Delisa Martinez-Santiago, 37, was driving southbound in the left lane on I-985 when a left rear tire blew out on her vehicle and she lost control of the vehicle, according to the Georgia State Patrol.

Her vehicle left the roadway, struck the median cable barrier and overturned several times before hitting the front end of a vehicle being driven north on I-985 by Taylor Dozetos, 18, of Griffin, the GSP said.

Both vehicles ended up in the roadway and were towed from the scene. Cleanup required the road to be shut down for quite some time, according to GSP.

Dozetos was charged with suspended registration and no insurance, according to the GSP.

Martinez-Santiago was transported to Gwinnett Medical Center and Dozetos was taken to Northeast Georgia Medical Center in Braselton, GSP post commander Anthony Coleman said.

Neither had serious injuries, he added.

Just a day before, two people were taken to Northeast Georgia Medical Center, one with serious injuries, after a three-vehicle crash at the Interstate 985 ramp onto Mundy Mill Road.

In that wreck, a Ford Expedition was traveling north on the exit ramp and failed to maintain its lane, traveling off the edge of the roadway and striking a guardrail. The car continued north, striking another vehicle. 

The Expedition then struck the concrete median and began overturning. As it overturned, it hit a third car.

The driver of the Expedition, Rufus Larkin, 60, of Flowery Branch, sustained serious injuries and was transported to Northeast Georgia Medical Center.

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