Blake Elisha Hunt (left) and Brandon Lane Hunt

Two boys and a man died from injuries sustained in a wreck Saturday in LaFayette when their van crashed into a tree.

Alcohol was found in the vehicle, Georgia State Patrol Post 41 in LaFayette reported Sunday.

According to the State Patrol:

On Saturday, Feb. 18, about 5 p.m., Christopher Adam Rowles, 51, was driving a 2000 Chevrolet Venture minivan west on Ga. Highway 136 when he left the roadway while rounding a curve near the Ponder Creek Road intersection. He was traveling 55-60 mph.

The vehicle traveled about 300 feet before it crashed into a tree.

Rowles, who was not wearing seatbelt, was ejected and pronounced dead at the scene.

Blake Hunt, 5, who was seated behind the driver's seat and was not wearing a seat belt, was also pronounced dead at the scene.

A 10-year-old boy, Brandon Hunt, was in the passenger seat and wearing a seatbelt. He underwent surgery but was pronounced dead Monday morning at Children's Hospital of Erlanger in Chattanooga.

A cooler of alcoholic beverages was found in the vehicle, as well as a few open containers that were spilled throughout the vehicle at the time of the wreck. Toxicology testing will be conducted at the crime lab in Atlanta.

Josh O'Bryant is a general assignment reporter and covers the Walker-Catoosa County area. He can be reached at the Walker County Messenger office at 706-638-1859 and by email at