Update: Morning wreck victim identified

Thursday, July 24, 2014 7:06 AM
Last updated 7:17 PM
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A wreck Thursday morning on Peach Orchard Road killed a 24-year-old Augusta man, police said.

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The road tops the list of traffic fatalities for the year, with five of the county’s 19 deaths occurring there. Mike Padgett Highway is second, with two deaths.

Chief Deputy Coroner Kenneth Boose said Benjamin Douglas Jones was pronounced dead at the scene from blunt force trauma.

Police were called to the 3800 block of Peach Orchard Road near Plantation Road about 5:20 a.m. Sgt. Danny Whitehead said a white Dodge pickup driven by Jones was traveling south and hit the rear of a Kia SUV. The truck then hit a disabled tow truck on the side of the road.

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GuyGene
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GuyGene 07/24/14 - 07:55 am
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Prayers...

Thank you AC readers for your prayers. He was family. A hard working young man with goals for his life, which was sadly ended too soon. Be careful driving!

curly123053
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curly123053 07/24/14 - 08:10 am
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Prayers for family and

Prayers for family and friends.

bumblebeerose
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bumblebeerose 07/24/14 - 08:10 am
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So sorry for your loss

May God comfort you in your time of need and give you peace to get through this time. Sending prayers to your family and friends.

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jimmymac 07/24/14 - 08:18 am
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It's very sad that a young man is lost in his prime. Condolences to his friends and family.

fatherinevans
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fatherinevans 07/24/14 - 09:03 am
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Prayers for this family

Praying for this family.

hoptoad
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hoptoad 07/24/14 - 09:12 am
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Is it my imagination or does

Is it my imagination or does Richmond County seem to have an unusually disproportionate number of serious and fatal accidents? Especially Peach Orchard Road. Why has nothing been done such as lowering the speed limit, keeping the shoulders of the road clear, more police presence, clearer road markings, traffic light syncs, or the addition of new lanes.

Don't know if any or all of these steps need to be taken, but something needs to be done to stop these senseless fatalities.

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AFjoe 07/24/14 - 11:00 am
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Condolences

Sorry for your loss, Guygene, and the rest of the family.

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corgimom 07/24/14 - 01:40 pm
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hoptoad, it's because the

hoptoad, it's because the infrastructure is so behind. Those roads were designed for wagons and horse and buggies, a long time ago.

But while I have nothing but sympathy for the victim and his family and friends, you can't legislate out human error.

As for more police presence- there is only so much money to go around, and Augusta is in a budget deficit, and people are more concerned about TEE centers and stray dogs rather than safety for people.

If that wrecker hadn't have been there, he probably would've been ok. Maybe hurt some, but it was just a terrible case of wrong place, wrong time.

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pgapeach2 07/24/14 - 03:55 pm
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I've noticed

I've noticed that many drivers still maintain that sixty-five I can get away with seventy-five speed limit until they reach Tobacco Road.

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nocnoc 07/25/14 - 05:42 am
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A possible reason for the increase

A lot of Hwy 56 and Old Waynesboro Rd Construction traffic is using Brown Rd to US25 and Brown Rd to McElmurry(sp) RD US25 as detour.

The last few months it has been common to see traffic at Brown Rd/US25 backed up 1/4 or more and a few times up the hill to McDade Rd.

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