2 drivers die in head-on crash on Tobacco Road in Augusta

Sunday, April 1, 2012 7:24 PM
Last updated Monday, April 2, 2012 11:35 PM
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Correction: Because of incorrect information received, a news brief on page 2B in Monday’s edition incorrectly identified one of the drivers who was killed Sunday morning in a head-on collision on Tobacco Road. Andre Griffin was killed when his car was struck by another car that crossed the center line into oncoming traffic. The Chronicle regrets the error.

 Two drivers are dead after one of the worst head-on collisions Richmond County officers had seen “in a while,” sheriff’s Capt. Scott Gay said.

At 11:28 a.m. Sunday, Keith Palmer, 28, was driving a friend’s black Dodge Charger east on the 2300 block of Tobacco Road when he crossed over into oncoming traffic hitting a blue Ford Taurus driven west by Andre P. Ruffin, 57, head on, Gay said.

Both died at the scene.

Because both drivers died, the crash is not prosecutable and becomes a civil matter. Gay said officers are waiting on the autopsy and toxicology tests to see why Palmer crossed into oncoming traffic.

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seenitB4
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seenitB4 04/02/12 - 06:39 am
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So sad ......mediums help

So sad ......mediums help some....stops the head on crashes...so sorry for the families.

madgerman
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madgerman 04/02/12 - 07:07 am
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Why is it that drivers on
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Why is it that drivers on Tobacco rd insist on driving in the left lane even though the right lane is totally empty? It may sound strange for some, but that extra 25 to 30 feet of seperation between you and an on=coming car could be the difference especially if the other person is fumbling around trying to make an all important phone call.

proud2bamerican
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proud2bamerican 04/02/12 - 09:37 am
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median....:)

median....:)

InChristLove
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InChristLove 04/02/12 - 12:06 pm
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I agree that mediums help

I agree that mediums help with preventing head on crashes but this road has a suicide (turn) lane. The thing that comes to my mind (and not sure how accident occurred) is that possibly each car going opposite direction decided to make left hand turns at the same time and collided in the turn lane.

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Little Lamb 04/02/12 - 11:53 am
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I think the speed limit there

I think the speed limit there is 45 mph or so. If it was one of the worst head-on collisions the responding officer had seen in a while, they both must have been driving pretty fast.

InChristLove
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InChristLove 04/02/12 - 11:59 am
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LL, speed limit might be 45

LL, speed limit might be 45 mph but I drive that road several times a week and you can witness 95% of the drivers doing 55-65 down this stretch of road.

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showstopper 04/02/12 - 06:25 pm
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CORRECTION: His name is Andre

CORRECTION: His name is Andre Ruffin, not Andrew. He is my brother. Rest-in-Peace Andre! I Love you...Your little sis.

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Connor Threlkeld 04/02/12 - 08:57 pm
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Showstopper, thank you for

Showstopper, thank you for pointing out the error. We received incorrect information from law enforcement, and will have a correction in the paper soon. I am sorry for your loss.

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LogitalThinker 04/02/12 - 11:06 pm
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Plenty of people on the

Plenty of people on the internet, I just replied back with what was actually written in the article. And FTFY = fixed that for you. Having grown up with Keith all through school...I'm curios to know about the autopsy and toxicology tests.

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rgillette09 04/04/12 - 08:53 pm
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@LogitalThinker, My husband

@LogitalThinker,
My husband was present at the scene of the accient, and tried to save Keith. And we've been trying to get in touch with someone who knew him or was related to him. Could you please e-mail me? My e-mail is rtankson@live.com I would really appreciate it!

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