Man dies in Mike Padgett wreck

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An Augusta man was killed in a collision early this morning.

Earl Clark, 53, of the 5100 block of Mike Padgett Highway, was pronounced dead at 12:24 a.m. at the Medical College of Georgia Hospital after a three-car collision just blocks from his home.

Mr. Clark was driving a 1988 Toyota Camry about 11:30 p.m. Friday when he asked his passenger, Karen Lamberson, to take over because he was weaving, Richmond County Chief Deputy Coroner Mark Bowen said.

Ms. Lamberson was driving northbound on Mike Padgett Highway when she attempted to make a left onto Clark Road, Mr. Bowen said. Two trucks hit the passenger side of the vehicle, and Mr. Clark had to be extricated from the vehicle.

Alcohol was a factor in the accident, Mr. Bowen said. Charges are pending against Ms. Lamberson.

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augustakid
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augustakid 09/12/09 - 05:34 pm
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So one drunk driver gives the

So one drunk driver gives the wheel to another drunk driver?

andywarhol
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andywarhol 09/12/09 - 06:00 pm
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Who hasn't done that? It

Who hasn't done that? It takes two: One to drive and one to keep you between the lines. J/K, glad I don't do that anymore.

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leaveitatthedoor 09/12/09 - 06:00 pm
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this is sad -- trying to do

this is sad -- trying to do the right thing under the wrong circumstances and then you have several families dealing with their decision to drink and drive. Its not like nobody else has not done it -- we all just didnt end up like this or get caught....GOD BLESS these families.

weatheringheights
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weatheringheights 09/12/09 - 07:33 pm
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We came across this accident

We came across this accident last night as they were extricating Mr. Clark from the vehicle. We knew whoever it was didn't survive. It gave us all chills. The accident had only happened minutes before. It made us realize just a few minutes one way or the other can be the difference between life and death. My condolences to all of the families. I know those in the trucks that struck the car have got to be suffering not just physically, but emotionally also.

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sassygirl12 09/12/09 - 09:29 pm
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that is so sad..may god bless

that is so sad..may god bless this family

TakeAstand
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TakeAstand 09/12/09 - 09:36 pm
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Condolences to the family. I

Condolences to the family. I hope the people in the trucks are ok.

SAugustateacher
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SAugustateacher 09/12/09 - 11:25 pm
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Very sad. Consequences of

Very sad. Consequences of drinking and driving.

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TaLynPro28 09/12/09 - 11:32 pm
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Wow. I just heard this on the

Wow. I just heard this on the news & decided to check out the report here. I know both Earl(EC) & Karen. They are good people though they both battled addiction to alcohol. This breaks my heart. I hope the other people involved are ok. It is going to be so hard on thier families....the grand children especially. Please EVERYONE who drinks....DO NOT DRIVE!!! Think about your loved ones & how they will deal with losing you. Cherish life...and the time you have with them. You never know how short that time may be.

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corgimom 09/13/09 - 07:36 am
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What I want to know about are

What I want to know about are the innocent people in the two trucks that hit the car. I hope they are ok.

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ispy4u 09/13/09 - 08:13 am
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How unfortunately for him. He

How unfortunately for him. He thought he was doing the right thing but it led to his death. Sad.

keepnitreal
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keepnitreal 09/13/09 - 09:05 am
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My wife and daughters were

My wife and daughters were behind them when it happened, she told there was a horrible wreck on 56 again. They were so upset. My heart goes out to the families on both sides of the wreck. If you drink stay home.. That could have been my girls in the accident. Think about that.!!!!I stay home when i have a couple. Think about the lives that are still here when your gone that suffer the lose or the tax payers money that have to pay for convicted felon now.. Poor Poor Families, god bless..

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southernrebel67 09/13/09 - 09:42 am
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new name for the stretch of

new name for the stretch of Hwy 56 between Tobacco Rd. and Browns Rd., Death Hwy! A plan was proposed and approved back in '05 to put a turning lane and median barrier up along that stretch but no money was allocated. How many more must die? How many more will loved ones due to the disregard for the residents of S. Aug? My son was killed on this road on August 8 of this year due to the lack of a turning lane, he was just 18. My family has lived on this road for more than twenty years and have seen many deaths occur on it, two right in front of our house. If nothing else the county could increase patrols and speed traps to get the message across to slow down. May if the patrollman that sit in Yancey Hvy Equip.'s parkinglot every night for hours would sit on the road........

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corgimom 09/13/09 - 03:44 pm
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All the road modifications in

All the road modifications in the world will not deter a drunk driver. It wasn't speed that caused it, it was someone who made the decision to drink and drive.

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TakeAstand 09/13/09 - 03:45 pm
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How many of these accidents

How many of these accidents were alcohol related? Sorry for your loss southernbel, is it a suicide lane you are speaking of?The road can be made safer, but if those who drive it drink and drive, it doesn't matter how much saftey you design into it! We need to get these repeat offender drunk drivers off the roads permanently and maybe it will deter a few new ones.

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