Three killed in wreck off Lake Douglas Road

Published 4:04pm Saturday, August 17, 2013

Three young people died in a wreck late Friday night off Lake Douglas Road near Climax, according to Decatur County Sheriff Wiley Griffin.

The accident occured sometime late Friday or early Saturday, but wasn’t discovered until Saturday afternoon. The victims’ vehicle was headed east on Lake Douglas Road when it struck a tree, State Trooper First Class Walt Landrum said.

The victims were identified Sunday as 23-year-old Adam Goodman of Bainbridge, 22-year-old Hillary Brock of Bainbridge, and 22-year-old Jordan Harris of Climax.

The Sheriff said he believed the accident was discovered at approximately 2 p.m. Saturday. Although weather wasn’t officially cited as a contributing factor to the accident, there was heavy rainfall across the county on Friday night.

Sheriff’s Deputy Ken Williamson said the accident scene was near the intersection of Lake Douglas Road and Carl Cloud Road — an area about 11.9 miles southeast of Bainbridge and 4.6 miles due south of Climax.

According to a Georgia State Patrol accident report, Goodman was driving a 2007 Jeep Wrangler east on Lake Douglas Road when the accident occurred.

Goodman was entering into a curve going downhill when the SUV left the right side of the roadway and traveled approximately 214 feet. Goodman then overcorrected his steering, sending the Jeep swerving across both lanes of travel onto the east shoulder, according to the accident report.

The SUV then traveled down a steep embankment before striking a large tree on the driver’s side of the vehicle.

None of the three were wearing their seatbelts, according to the State Patrol. Harris, who was the front seat passenger, was ejected from the vehicle.

The State Patrol is conducting a test of Goodman’s blood as a matter of routine following a fatal accident. Those results are pending.

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