Update: Accident with Fatality in Oconee County Shuts Down Section of Atlanta Highway

The single-vehicle crash happened around 7:30 a.m. Monday on Atlanta Highway between Osceola Avenue and Dials Mill Road in Bogart, authorities report. The GSP has identified the victim.

Updated: 3:20 p.m.

A Winder man died in a single vehicle traffic accident Memorial Day morning in Oconee County, according to Chief Deputy Lee Weems of the Oconee County Sheriff's Office.

The Sheriff's Office sent a Nixle alert just after 8 a.m., stating emergency personnel were at the scene of the crash on Atlanta Highway between Osceola Avenue and Dials Mill Road in Bogart.

Weems said a Dodge pickup truck was headed eastbound toward Athens when it went off the road and hit a tree. A spokesman for the Georgia State Patrol said the driver, Benjamin Fitzpatrick, 31, of Winder, was killed.   There were no passengers.

Along with deputies and the Georgia State Patrol, Oconee County Fire Rescue and EMS responded.

Both lanes were closed for about two hours.


Correction: The victim was not ejected as earlier reported.  He had to be extricated from the truck, Chief Weems said. The article has been changed.

Dan Matthews May 28, 2012 at 12:55 PM
I do not think the map accompanying this update is at all corresponding to the location of the accident
Stephanie Gross May 28, 2012 at 01:07 PM
I just realized it was mapping the Sheriff's Office because it was tagged in the article. It has now been removed.
Eisnerracing May 28, 2012 at 01:23 PM
Crash was a dodge Dakota silver new model carring two dirt bikes Driver around 7:25 went off the atl hwy headed towards Athens Truck struck a tree on drivers side head on Ems as of 9:20 has still not be able to free the driver Truly horriable sight I'm sorry for the family
Eisnerracing May 28, 2012 at 01:24 PM
9:25 truck was loaded on the flat bed and Ems has left
Eisnerracing May 28, 2012 at 01:27 PM
Eisnerracing May 28, 2012 at 01:32 PM
Eisnerracing May 28, 2012 at 01:43 PM
http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y216/scotteisner/e7a627e0.jpg 4 dr dodge Dakota silver 2008-10 model maybe
Eisnerracing May 28, 2012 at 02:11 PM
Stephanie Gross May 28, 2012 at 02:41 PM
OCONEE CO SHERIFF: The Atlanta HWY is back open through Bogart. www.nixle.us/7YZQ6 10:11 am
Stephanie Gross May 28, 2012 at 07:28 PM
Our thoughts go out to Mr. Fitzpatrick's family.
Eisnerracing May 28, 2012 at 08:39 PM
Driver : Benjamin Fitzpatrick from winder (barrow co.) Rest in peace and our prayers are with his family
angela May 29, 2012 at 02:29 PM
this was my nephew thanks to all for the prayers.. it has been hard on our family we just buried his father, my brother a few months back along with his grandmother and brother in law once again thanks for the prayers we need them eric fitzpatrick
angela May 29, 2012 at 03:16 PM
i want to thank all of you all this is my nephew we have already had losts some love ones in november bejamins father my brother in law and my mother thanks for all your prayers and posting this sincerely angela white


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