A Rockmart man was killed and four others injured in a head on collision Thursday morning near the intersection of Ga. 101 and Wax Road.
According to Floyd County Police Capt. Ron Hunton:
It appears the wreck was caused by a Chevy Avalanche crossing over the middle lane and striking a Jeep Patriot driven by 39-year-old Jocsan Abernathy of Rockmart. The Avalanche then spun and was struck in the rear end by another vehicle.
Floyd County Coroner Gene Proctor said Abernathy, 39, was pronounced dead at 8:25 a.m.
As of Thursday, a total of 22 people have died in fatal car crashes in Floyd County, six of which happened inside the Rome city limits.
“Floyd County has seen a significant rise in our crash numbers. This year we’re well ahead of our 2019 numbers when we were 13th in the state,” FCPD Sgt. Chris Fincher said.
The increase in fatal wrecks in Floyd County is being mirrored statewide, the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety Division Director Roger Hayes said in an earlier interview.
“In the state of Georgia we’ve had (more than) 950 fatalities,” Hayes said. “That is a 16% increase just over last year.”
Referring to the increase in wrecks as the “pandemic after the pandemic,” Hayes spoke with Fincher as part of a public service podcast produced by the police department.