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Drugs suspected in fatal car wreck


  • By Clay Neely
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  • May. 03, 2017 - 7:50 PM

Drugs suspected in fatal car wreck

Lance Collins

Authorities believe drugs may have been a factor in a single-car wreck that killed a 23-year-old man on Tuesday morning.

Joseph Bernard Gentile of Peachtree City was killed after his car hit a tree near the 1100 block of Newnan Bypass, according to Trooper Jordan Watkins from the Georgia State Patrol. 

Drugs were found in Gentile’s pocket, Watkins said.

The wreck occurred just before 7:40 a.m. when authorities said Gentile was traveling east in a silver Saturn Ion along the 34 Bypass just past Welcome Road.

According to Watkins, Gentile traveled off the south shoulder of the road, overcorrected across all lanes of traffic, and went off the north shoulder of the road where he struck the tree.

Emergency workers were able to extract him from the car, and Gentile was pronounced dead on scene, Watkins said. No other cars were involved and Gentile was the sole occupant of the car.

An investigation by the GSP Specialized Collision Reconstruction Team (SCRT) is scheduled and toxicology results are pending.  

The wreck marks the second fatal car crash in less than a week in Coweta County.

A young woman was killed and two others remain in critical condition after a fatal car crash last Friday night.

The victim was identified as Jamie Flowers, 22, of Montgomery, Ala.

The wreck occurred at the intersection of Weatherstone Way and Minix Road around 10:45 p.m. when a 2015 Nissan Sentra attempted to turn south out of the subdivision and was struck on the left side by an F-150 traveling northbound, according to Trooper Justin Hogan with the Georgia State Patrol.

All three occupants of the Sentra were trapped inside the car for nearly 30 minutes while crews worked to remove them from the wreckage.

The driver and backseat passenger, identified as Darnesha Parks, 21, and Quanesha Parks, 25, were taken by air to Atlanta Medical Center where they remain in critical condition but are expected to survive, according to Hogan. They are both from Montgomery, Ala.

Paramedics performed cardiopulmonary resuscitation on the front seat passenger, identified as Flowers. She was transported to Piedmont Newnan Hospital where she was pronounced dead.

The wreck closed the road in both directions for over two hours.

The driver of  the truck was identified as a 16-year-old male from Sharpsburg. He was taken to Piedmont Newnan for minor injuries and to be evaluated.

The investigation by the GSP Specialized Collision Reconstruction Team (SCRT) is ongoing, and any charges are pending.

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Clay Neely: clay@newnan.com, @clayneely