GSP: passenger in Friday crash had asthma attack

Published 9:03 am Tuesday, October 16, 2012

A Bainbridge man involved in a Friday afternoon vehicle accident passed away after suffering an asthma attack, and not because of any injury from the crash, according to the Georgia State Patrol.

The accident happened at approximately 1:30 p.m. at the intersection of Wheat Avenue and Miluli Street in Bainbridge, according to an accident report filed by Senior Trooper Charles Hall of the GSP’s Colquitt post.

Danny Odell Burke, 59, of Bainbridge, was a passenger in a pickup truck driven by his wife, 60-year-old Vivian Burke, who was taking her husband to Memorial Hospital when the crash occurred. Mr. Burke was suffering a severe asthma attack and was unresponsive prior to the crash, his wife stated to Senior Trooper Hall.

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The Burkes’ pickup truck was traveling northbound on Wheat Avenue toward the hospital—going above the speed limit due to the emergency situation—when the accident occurred.

Carolyn Worsley, 67, of Colquitt, Ga., who was driving a Ford Fusion, was attempting to turn left onto Wheat Avenue from Miluli Avenue. She stated she had stopped at the stop sign but had to pull forward past the sign because some trees were blocking her view to the left. Worsley stated she looked both ways and then started to turn left, when she collided with the Burkes’ truck.

Some off-duty EMS personnel and Bainbridge Public Safety officers responded first to the accident and administered cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) to Mr. Burke, according to BPS Fire Prevention Major Doyle Welch. Mr. Burke was taken by ambulance to Memorial Hospital, where he passed away later on Friday.

Mrs. Burke was not injured in the crash. Ms. Worsley was taken to the hospital with a “non-incapacitating” injury to her chest.