Georgia State Patrol officials have released the identity of a driver who was killed in an accident Friday in an area where many have concerns about traffic. The accident took place on Highway 81 near Guthrie Cemetery Road north of Walnut Grove
Harry John Bryant Morris, 42, of Loganville, was killed when his Acura crossed into oncoming traffic, ending in a head-on collision. According to GSP officials, Morris was attempting to avoid rear-ending a Honda car which had slowed down in front of him. He clipped the Honda and went into the southbound lane of traffic, hitting a Chevy Tahoe. Morris was reportedly wearing a seat belt and investigators do not suspect alcohol or drugs to be a factor in the accident.
The driver of the Tahoe, Mary Walraven, 67, of Monroe, was taken to Gwinnett Medical Center and treated for non-life threatening injuries. The driver of the Honda, Patricia Jean Rhodes, 33, of Loganville, was taken to the hospital on her own accord following the accident. Her husband, Wil Rhodes, said on the Tribune Facebook page that she was initially feeling pain in her upper back and neck area and was suffering from a headache.
“Thank you for your concern,” he said to the thoughts and prayers offered by the community. “Thankfully, the CT scan was negative. Just a bad case of whiplash ... My wife was extremely fortunate that he struck her car at somewhat of a glancing angle. We don’t know anything about the woman in the SUV, other than she was transported to the hospital but her injuries were not life threatening. Her vehicle was demolished from the head on impact. I can only imagine the pain she is in currently.
“Our thoughts and prayers go out to her as well as the family of the deceased. Cherish every moment, because it can be taken away in a heartbeat.”
While the community was quick to offer prayers for all involved on the Tribune Facebook page, some also expressed concern about the traffic in the area.
“They needed to put a light in as soon as the school was open. I wish they had before this tragedy,” said Niki Satchwell Kennedy.
“Prayers for all involved,” said Katie Fuller Evon. “This is by the high school, too. Very hard during school hours to pull out because people don’t slow down when they are supposed to.”