The roads are pretty empty at 5:30 am on a Monday morning in November but an 18-year old girl killed in early morning crash. This is true in Georgia just like it is everywhere else. When you read about a single-car accident this early in the morning, you wonder what could possibly have caused the crash.

Today, there was a single-car crash in Fort Valley on Highway-96. It took place at Brock Road new the Pure Flavor greenhouse. A man and woman were driving a 2015 Nissan Altima Westbound on the highway when the driver lost control of the car.

The car veered off the road onto the North shoulder. It then proceeded to fall down a ditch, hit a tree and then flip over. The driver, Cornell Ham, said he was trying to dodge a deer and lost control of the car. Ham was taken to the local hospital, Medical Center, Navicent Health in Macon, Georgia. He is being treated for non-life threatening injuries.

The passenger in the car, 18-year old Kendall Ratliff was not so lucky. When the car flipped over, she was seriously injured. She was taken to the hospital but was pronounced dead less than a half hour after the crash. There is no information on whether or not she was wearing her seatbelt at the time of the accident.

The investigation is ongoing, but there has been no mention of alcohol or drugs being involved. There is also no information on what the couple was doing out on the road so early in the morning.

If your loved one has been injured in any sort of accident, contact our office immediately. We can review your case and let you know if you’re entitled to compensation.