Separate accidents killed two people on Barrow County roads with a 24-hour period this week, Barrow County Coroner David Crosby confirmed.
A Monroe woman died at the scene of a wreck around 5:30 p.m. Thursday on Ga. Highway 11 and McElhannon Road in Bethlehem. The Georgia State Patrol identified her as Tamara Tinch, 20.
She was the passenger of a 1995 Pontiac Sunfire being driven by Robert Stefan Heard, 20, of Monroe. Heard was traveling south on Ga. Highway 11 and attempting to make a U-turn in the middle of the roadway when his Pontiac turned into the path of an oncoming vehicle, Trooper Gordy Wright reported.
The Pontiac turned into the path of a northbound Chevrolet C15 being driven by Wesley Thomas Moore, 19, also of Monroe. His Chevrolet struck the Pontiac in the front passenger's door, with both vehicles then leaving the roadway and coming to rest in a ditch.
Heard was taken to Athens Regional and is in critical condition, Wright said on Friday. Another passenger in Heard’s vehicle, Rebecca Justina Simon, 19, of Monroe, was taken to Athens Regional with non-life-threatening injuries.
Moore, the Chevrolet driver, was taken to Clearview Regional where he was treated and released, Wright said.
The accident followed another fatal wreck less than 24 hours earlier near Statham.
Motorcyclist Terry Lee, 52, of Bogart, was pronounced dead at Athens Regional Medical Center, Crosby said, around 10:30 p.m.
Trooper Gordy Wright confirmed the accident happened at 9:50 p.m. on Wall Road, south of Ga. 316.
The 1994 Harley Davidson Lee was operating crossed the centerline in a curve while northbound on Wall Road, resulting in Lee over-correcting and then crashing, Wright said