We hate to read stories about people who are killed in a car accident. We never imagine that we’re seeing our loved one for the last time. They leave for school or work in the morning and we take it for granted that we’ll see them again later that day. Sadly, we see too many of these stories that involve a young person. This was certainly the case this past weekend in Buford, Georgia.
A young man from Buford was traveling north on Interstate-85 when he somehow lost control of his car. His GMC Sierra left the road and ended up crashing into an unoccupied vehicle parked on the right shoulder. As soon as the victim crashed into the other car, there was a fire.
When rescue crews got to the scene, they couldn’t determine if the young victim died as a result of the crash or the fire. Clayton Dickie of Buford was pronounced dead on the scene. However, he was burned so badly that the coroner had to use dental records to identify him.
There is no identity for the person who owns the vehicle that was parked on the side of the road. The police also don’t know what caused Dickie to lost control of his car and end up leaving the highway.
The road was closed in both directions for several hours and finally reopened at about 7:22 am. The investigation is ongoing and we expect the police will provide an update shortly. Depending on why the victim lost control of their vehicle, their family may have a potential claim for wrongful death.
If your child or loved one is injured in any serious car accident, give our office a call right away.