Augusta woman killed in accident on Mike Padgett identified

The Richmond County Coroner’s Office has identified Barbara Ann Godbee, 54, of Augusta, as the woman who died after a crash on Mike Padgett Highway on Tuesday morning.


Godbee died after the 2004 BMW she was a passenger in pulled in front of an oncoming vehicle, sheriff’s Capt. Scott Gay said.

Kiara Brown, 23, of Augusta, was driving south on Old Savannah Road around 8:30 a.m. when she tried to turn left in front of an oncoming Chevrolet Silverado driven by John Allen Gibson, 40, of Augusta, police said.

Godbee, a backseat, passenger, was taken to Medical College of Georgia Hospital, where she was pronounced dead around 9 a.m. Brown was taken to MCG with nonlife threatening injuries.

Gibson and another passenger in the BMW were treated for minor injuries.

Authorities believe Brown was a medical employee who was transporting her client, Godbee, to a doctor’s appointment.

Charges are possible pending an investigation. An autopsy is scheduled for Wednesday.

Brown was arrested in December 2008 on traffic charges. She was charged with following too closely, expired tag, violation of conditions of an instructional permit, and hit and run. For each offense, she was sentenced to 12 months’ probation, to run consecutively.

Tuesday’s accident was the second traffic fatality on Mike Padgett Highway in less than a week. Bonita Wallace, 57, of Grovetown, died Friday after she turned out in front of an oncoming pickup.



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