Local News

August 21, 2013

Beaverdale Road wreck kills mother, injures 9-year-old

Christy Owens thought a building was on fire when she and the two men with her came up on what turned out to be a traffic crash that killed a 38-year-old Beaverdale woman and sent her 9-year-old daughter to a Chattanooga hospital with serious injuries.

Owens, who said she knew the child, was with her husband, Derick, taking his cousin, Anthony Owens, to work Wednesday morning when they approached the intersection of Good Hope Road and Beaverdale Road.

“All we could see was the white smoke, and when we got closer  we saw that the smoke was coming from the van where the air bag had deployed on the driver’s side,” Christy Owens said.

Georgia State Patrol Trooper 1st Class Stephanie Maddux said the 38-year-old driver of the passenger van, Christy Lynn Wimpey, was coming west from Boyles Mill Road across from Uncle Buck’s General Store. Wimpey didn’t stop at the intersection and the van collided with a commercial dump truck traveling north on Beaverdale Road, Maddux said.

Witnesses said Wimpey was killed almost instantly as the truck, unable to stop, slammed into the driver’s side door. The wreck happened at about 7:45 a.m. The dump truck driver had minor injuries. Maddux said she was told later Wednesday morning the girl is expected to survive. Maddux said neither Wimpey nor her child were wearing seat belts from what she observed.

However, Christy Owens said she saw a seat belt on Wimpey when she went to check on her. The woman had no pulse and was unresponsive, she said. She said they found the little girl crumpled up in the floorboard on the passenger side.

Owens said her husband and his cousin together yanked open the jammed passenger door to get to the child. Owens said her husband helped stabilize the girl’s head until emergency responders arrived in case she had a spinal cord injury. Officials didn’t know the extent of her injuries.

“I hope and pray that she is OK,” Christy Owens said.

Debbie Smith, who owns Uncle Buck’s, said she knew all the people involved in the wreck. She said she was inside when she heard a collision so loud it sounded like something was about to come through the store. Maddux said witnesses said the woman ran the stop sign on Boyles Mill Road, and it appears she wasn’t aware of the oncoming dump truck.

“It was like she didn’t see it,” Smith said. “She just turned right in front of him.”

Smith said Wimpey and her child were on their way to Beaverdale Elementary School, where the girl is a student.

Maddux said speed and distracted driving don’t appear to be factors in the crash.

Text Only
Local News
  • Bugs and Kisses 1 mlh.jpg Local stores expect tax holiday to create lots of sales

    Local retailers say Georgia’s sales tax holiday weekends mean big business for them, and they are gearing up to capitalize on this year’s tax-free shopping on Friday and Saturday.

    July 30, 2014 1 Photo

  • Esme file mw 2.jpg Still fighting

    Ten-year-old Esme Miller was celebrated earlier this year for the way she’s handled a bout with osteosarcoma, a type of bone cancer.

    July 30, 2014 1 Photo

  • Historical photos of Murray County needed

    Maybe you have a photograph of a well-known preacher from the 1940s. Or maybe you have a photograph taken of a church choir from the 1920s.

    July 30, 2014

  • State DOT wants your input on transportation needs

    As state and national leaders consider alternatives for funding future transportation needs, the Georgia Department of Transportation wants to know what Georgians would like in their 21st century transportation system and how they recommend paying for it.

    July 30, 2014

  • Jail for Justice Tour event here tonight

    The Moral Monday Georgia Coalition, the NAACP-led multi-racial, multi-issue advocacy group, will host an event in partnership with the Georgia Dreamers Alliance, Coalition of Latino Leaders (CLILA), Whitfield NAACP and the Whitfield County Democratic Party at Dalton’s Mack Gaston Community Center tonight from 5 to 9.

    July 30, 2014

  • Two charged with tampering with evidence in drug investigation

    Two people have been arrested and charged with tampering with evidence in connection with the synthetic marijuana bust in February involving a Dalton business owner.

    July 30, 2014

  • Beaulieu to close operations for one week for inventory

    Floorcovering giant Beaulieu of America will conduct a physical inventory of its buildings and facilities next week, with only salaried employees reporting for work.

    July 30, 2014

  • Green spot closing 1 mlh.jpg A part of the family

    Larry Green can’t remember the exact date. But he says it was about 54 years ago when his father Marvin took him to see the new store he and his brother Herman had commissioned Red Jennings to build at 309 W. Emery St. in Dalton.

    July 29, 2014 3 Photos

  • New high school?

    The only means for “staying small” and preserving “The Dalton Way” in Dalton Public Schools may be through expansion, Superintendent Jim Hawkins said Tuesday.

    July 29, 2014

  • Bond denied for man arrested in synthetic marijuana bust

    A Dalton business owner charged in a synthetic marijuana bust was denied bond Tuesday.

    July 29, 2014