Man, 21, killed in Peach Orchard Road crash

Saturday, May 31, 2014 5:37 PM
Last updated 7:51 PM
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A 21-year-old Waynesboro man was killed in a fatal accident in Richmond County on Sat­­­urday, and the driver of the wrecked vehicle has been arrested, police said.

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Akash N. Patel was pronounced dead at the scene about 2:10 p.m., Richmond County Chief Deputy Cor­oner Kenneth Boose said.

A Chevrolet pickup, driven by 19-year-old Matthew Chance of Jenkins County, overturned while trying to change lanes in the 4400 block of Peach Orchard Road, authorities said. Patel, who was not wearing a seatbelt, was ejected.

Chance is charged with vehicular homicide in the second degree and traveling too fast for conditions. He was taken to a hospital to be checked before being taken to the Charles B. Webster Detention Center.

An autopsy will be performed at the Georgia Bureau of In­ves­ti­ga­tion crime lab in Atlanta.

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whyme
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whyme 05/31/14 - 06:28 pm
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condolences

Prayers and sympathy to the families and friends of these young men both at this time and in the days ahead. As the mother of someone around their age, I can only imagine the range of emotions that they must be experiencing.

mavie325
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mavie325 05/31/14 - 08:57 pm
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Accidents can happen at

Accidents can happen at anytime so we must always drive defensively, observe traffic signs and rules. - Connie Sellecca

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 05/31/14 - 09:35 pm
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Connie

Wow! That's a very nice photo, Mavie.

nocnoc
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nocnoc 06/01/14 - 07:19 am
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Condolences to the family

However, I have a question.

My Brother-in-law lives around Louisa rd. US-25. Heading South that section is posted as 65MPH? Heading North if drops to 55MPH,just past the Golf Course, where the Hephzibah Cops (outside their jurisdiction) to run a radar trap, for the North Bound Lane just past Mims Rd.

So he would have had to of been going faster than 65MPH to be charged with "Driving too Fast for Conditions", otherwise it was just a "Tack on Charge"?

itsanotherday1
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itsanotherday1 06/01/14 - 08:22 am
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Too fast for conditions IS a

Too fast for conditions IS a catch all when they can't think of anything else.

I continue to cringe when I read of these fatalities where the deceased was not wearing a seatbelt and was thrown from the vehicle. It makes the heartbreak for the family even deeper.

fatherinevans
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fatherinevans 06/01/14 - 11:30 am
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Too fast for conditions

This charge could of been used if there was rain or wet conditions on the road. To bad the reporter didn't bother getting more info on this story.

curly123053
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curly123053 06/01/14 - 12:51 pm
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Use Seat Restraints Please

This is the 2nd young person to die from being "ejected" during a crash this week. I cringe too itsanotherday because I have seen this played out many times in my 22 yr EMS career. Seat restraints do not save you 100% of the time, but the vast majority of the time they do. Just like that Silver Bluff student. His sister was riding with him when he had his crash, which was not his fault. His sister walked away with hardly no injuries due to being in her seatbelt. Tyler got ejected and died. You are more likely to end up DOA if you are ejected from a vehicle in a car crash. I have seen needless deaths from ejections where the passenger compartments stayed almost fully intact with little to no damage.

whyme
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whyme 06/01/14 - 10:29 pm
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of course...

I hoped that by posting a simple offering of condolences that others would follow suit. Instead, as usual, speculation and reminders of "proper" driving techniques were posted. What a shame. Can't anyone just post their sympathy and refrain from giving their negative remarks?

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