19 traffic fatalities reported over holiday, one in Rome

September 8, 2020–6:15 p.m.


The Georgia Department of Public Safety reported 19 traffic fatalities during the recently completed Labor Day Holiday travel period.

One of those fatalities was an apparent hit-and run being investigated by Rome Police.

According to Rome Police, a woman was on foot in the roadway when she was struck by a vehicle.

Floyd County Coroner Gene Proctor identified the woman as 42-year old Heather Shelley of Rome.

She was pronounced dead at the Floyd Medical Center Emergency Room at 6:12 p.m. Sunday.

Georgia Department of Public Safety News Release:

Traffic crashes across Georgia during the 78-hour long Labor Day holiday travel period resulted in 17 fatal crashes and 19 fatalities reported to the Georgia State Patrol (GSP).  The holiday travel period began at 6 p.m. on Fri., Sept. 4, and ended at 11:59 p.m. on Mon., Sept. 7.

Statewide, GSP Troopers investigated 331 traffic crashes that resulted in 176 injuries and 13 fatalities in 11 fatal crashes. In addition to crash investigations, troopers and motor carrier officers wrote 8,854 citations, 10,112 warnings, and arrested 309 motorists for driving under the influence.  Citations were also given for 1,077 seat belt, 169 child restraint, 4,601 speeding and 541 distracted driving violations.

Atlanta PD, Athens-Clarke County PD, Cobb County PD, College Park PD, Floyd County PD, and Suwanee PD reported six of the traffics death during the holiday period.

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