A traffic fatality in east Cherokee County was one of 19 fatal crashes over the long holiday weekend.
The single-vehicle crash in the Free Home community killed Edward Denton Bradley of Cumming on Friday evening.
A spokesperson with the Georgia State Patrol said the 61-year-old was traveling east on Georgia State Route 20 at approximately 6:40 p.m. in an effort to flee a hit-and-run collision that occurred about five minutes earlier.
“The driver was negotiating a curve (and) the vehicle ran out of the road and onto the shoulder,” said Franka Young with the Department of Public Safety. “The vehicle struck a ditch and a culvert and then overturned.”
The wreck was not reported to GSP until Saturday at 7:08 a.m.
Bradley was dead at the scene and GSP officials said neither alcohol nor drugs are a suspected cause of the accident.
According to GSP, the 102-hour Thanksgiving holiday travel period resulted in 19 traffic-related deaths reported across the state.
GSP investigated 11 of the 19 fatal wrecks beginning 6 p.m. Wednesday and ending Sunday at midnight.
“State troopers investigated a total of 622 traffic crashes during the period that resulted in 263 injuries,” said GSP spokesman Gordy Wright. “Of the 11 traffic deaths investigated by troopers, alcohol is suspected as a contributing factor in four of the crashes and seven of the victims were not using seat belts. There was one fatal pedestrian collision investigated by troopers.”
Wright said almost all of the fatal crashes involved either speed, alcohol or the victim failing to use a seat belt.