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March 15, 2014

Wrecks send several to hospital

Several wrecks with injuries over the past few days have Georgia State Patrol investigators working to sort out all the details.

On Friday, Jerry D. Dove, 55, of Chatsworth, was taken by Life Force helicopter ambulance to Erlanger Medical Center in Chattanooga after the 2002 Ford Explorer he was inside went off the road on Ga. Highway 52 Alternate for some reason around 5 p.m.

A state patrol spokesperson said the truck flew into a ditch, hit a tree then bounced back into the road where it rotated.

Dove was in critical condition as of late Saturday, according to an Erlanger spokeswoman.

A second wreck occurred at almost the same location — around the 1700 block of Ga. Highway 52 Alternate in Murray County — when another vehicle came up  to offer assistance on what is believed to be the wreck involving Dove.

Officials said there was a large amount of debris still in the road from the previous wreck when Kevin Defriece of Chatsworth stopped his Isuzu Rodeo to see if he could help. That’s when Tesla Paige Long, 19, of Chatsworth, rear-ended the Isuzu, officials said. Long was charged with following too closely while three passengers — an adult and two children — involved in the wreck were taken to Murray Medical Center. Defriece and an adult passenger were also taken to Murray Medical.

DUI wreck injures two

State patrol investigators are still awaiting the results of a blood alcohol test for Douglas Arthur Croy II, 27, of 1702 Ross Court, Dalton, who was charged Wednesday with possession of meth, DUI, possession of tools for the commission of crime, a parole violation, possession and use of drug-related objects, serious injury by vehicle, failure to report an accident, a hit and run, reckless driving, two counts of failure to maintain lane and driving too fast for conditions.

According to the state patrol, Croy was speeding and “driving wrecklessly” in a 2013 Chrysler 200 Touring on March 6 around 7:30 a.m. on Underwood Road when he crossed the center line while rounding a curve and hit a 2012 Nissan Versa head-on.

The driver of the Versa, Cynthia Hidalgo, 35, of Chatsworth, was injured and taken to Hamilton Medical Center as was Croy. Neither one was still listed as being in the hospital on Friday, and information on the extent of their injuries wasn’t immediately available.

A state patrol official said Whitfield County Sheriff’s Office deputies found Croy behind a business after he left the scene, but information on which business they found him at and why he was there wasn’t immediately available.

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