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

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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