Valdosta Daily Times

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December 31, 2012

I-75 wreck kills one in Lowndes

VALDOSTA — Emergency crews load a patient into a lifeflight helicopter at South Georgia Medical Center Sunday night

following a major wreck on I-75 near Exit 18 that killed one person, according to authorities. The driver of an SUV

heading northbound on I-75 near Exit 18 ran off the road for unknown reasons, overcorrected and lost control around 6 p.m., said Sgt. Carl Taylor of the Georgia State Patrol’s Valdosta post. The SUV flipped several times, ejecting the driver, Jake Daughtrey of Adel, into the southbound lanes, where he was run over multiple times, Taylor said. Daughtrey was found dead on the scene, he said. Three passengers — a teen-aged boy and girl and the girl’s 9-year-old sister, all from Adel — were injured and had to be lifeflighted to Shands Hospital in Gainesville, Fla., Taylor said. There were no indications that intoxicants were involved, he said. The wreck backed up traffic on the interstate for hours, but all lanes were cleared by about 9:30 p.m., Taylor said.

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