Officials: Quiet holiday; one man hit by vehicle Christmas Eve
by Michelle Babcock
December 27, 2013 12:00 AM | 1264 views | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Officials said Cherokee County had a quiet Christmas holiday, with no traffic fatalities or serious accidents during the 30-hour holiday period.

Lt. Jay Baker, spokesman for the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office, said official numbers will be released within a week, but overall, Cherokee had an uneventful Christmas morning.

“I have not heard of any fatalities in the county as a result of any accidents,” he said Thursday.

In Cherokee, the Georgia State Patrol got preliminary reports of no fatalities, one wreck, one injury, two citations, four warnings and one DUI arrest, Department of Public Safety spokesperson Tracey Watson said Thursday.

Baker said there was one accident on Christmas Eve that stood out during the holiday period.

“There was a man hit by a vehicle on Christmas Eve in his neighborhood,” Baker said.

At about 8:45 a.m., 45-year-old Woodstock resident Jacob Oscar Brack was driving a 2012 Dodge Ram pickup truck on Highland Drive when he struck a parked 1998 Toyota Tacoma pickup truck head-on, Watson said.

“The owner of the Toyota, the pedestrian, was standing outside of the vehicle with the driver’s side doorway open. The driver of the Dodge stated he was momentarily blinded by the sun and struck the Toyota head-on, and after impact the Toyota rolled backwards and the driver’s door struck the pedestrian,” Watson said.

The pedestrian, Bidias Tsombeng Aymle, 39, of Woodstock, was taken to WellStar Kennestone Hospital with injuries.

“The vehicle continued to roll backward and traveled across the roadway striking a mailbox, and then came to a rest after striking a garage door to a private residence,” Watson said.

The Georgia State Patrol reported no fatalities statewide, but Watson said because of the holidays many reports may have not been transmitted yet.

“These numbers are preliminary,” Watson said.

This year’s Christmas holiday period lasted 30 hours, compared to the 2012 Christmas holiday period that lasted 102 hours, so they can’t be compared, Watson said.

The 2013 Christmas holiday period began Tuesday at 6 p.m. and ended Christmas Day at midnight.

Statewide during the 30-hour Christmas holiday period, there were no fatal crashes, according to a report released by the Department of Public Safety.

Troopers investigated 90 wrecks, 51 injuries, 443 citations, 1,818 warnings and 24 DUI arrests across the state during this year’s 30-hour holiday period, Watson said.

Last year, the Georgia State Patrol recorded three crashes, three DUIs, 24 citations and 90 warnings in Cherokee County during the 102-hour Christmas travel period.

Last holiday period, statewide, the GSP recorded 4,407 wrecks that resulted in 1,476 injuries and 26 fatalities, and reported 225 DUIs, 3,157 citations and 8,439 warnings.

Last year during the Christmas holiday travel period, Baker said the Cherokee Sheriff’s Office recorded 27 wrecks resulting in three injuries, six DUIs and 58 citations.

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