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August 16, 2012

Fatal Murray wreck draws settlement

A two-vehicle wreck that killed two people in Murray County in March has resulted in a settlement for one of the families.

Dalton attorney Jim Fordham said Tracie Hogan and Hazel Hogan will receive money to cover medical expenses and have some money left over after their insurance company and an insurance carrier for Myrtle Thomas recently settled a case that has been under negotiation for months.

The wreck on Ga. Highway 282 occurred in mid-March when Thomas, a Crandall resident in her early 70s, drove her vehicle into oncoming traffic, crashing into a vehicle carrying the Hogans, Fordham said. Boyd Hogan, 77, who was Tracie’s father and Hazel’s husband, was killed after the SUV he and his family were in traveled down a 75-foot embankment. Thomas was also killed in the collision Fordham said was nearly head-on.

He declined to name the settlement amount but said the maximum amount was obtained and close to seven figures. He said Tracie and Hazel Hogan are recovering but still have physical problems from the wreck and are glad to have the case settled. Tracie, a social worker in Whitfield County Schools, was out of work for the rest of this past school year but has returned to her job.

“We feel very humbled and very blessed to be part of such a caring community,” Tracie Hogan said. “If it was not for the outpouring of support and prayers from our friends and family and our church family (at Holly Creek Baptist) we would not have been able to make the progress that we have made. We just continue to really focus and take things day by day and focus on the support and draw strength from people’s prayers.”

She said her prayers are with Thomas’ family, too.

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