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2 dead in weekend car accidents

By Daniel Silliman

dsilliman@news-daily.com

A call for an ambulance helicopter was canceled Saturday afternoon, and the 34-year-old man trapped inside a wrecked Ford Taurus was said to be dead.

John Wilson, III, died in his car a little after 2 p.m., Saturday on Charles W. Grant Parkway, above Interstate 75.

A Clayton County Police accident investigator found that Wilson ran a red light, heading east, and was hit by a westbound Dodge Ram.

The two drivers, one 34, and the other 17, lived a few miles apart in Jonesboro.

Wilson's car was struck in the driver's side door, sending it into a 360-degree spin, and leaving "scuff marks" on the road for more than 47 feet. The silver-colored Dodge also left skid marks, trying to brake before the accident, and then kept skidding for another 39 feet, according to police reports.

The accident investigator found that Wilson caused the accident, not the 17-year-old driver of the Dodge.

When Clayton County firefighters and paramedics arrived at the overpass, the left side of Wilson's car was crumpled inward, and he was trapped. The Georgia Bureau of Investigation's medical examiner pronounced him dead at about 3:50 p.m.

Police called Wilson's 31-year-old wife, Tekeshia, and told her of her husband's death at about 6:30 p.m.

In an unrelated incident, a second man died in a car accident early Monday morning.

Ernest Dimitri Dix, 42, of Riverdale, was walking in the southbound lanes of Ga. Highway 85 a little before 2:30 a.m., and was hit by a Suzuki Vitara.

Responding to the scene, police found Dix lying on his back, wearing dark clothes. His cell phone was found on the ground 60 feet from his body.

The fatal accident occurred near the intersection of Highway 85 and Helmer Road, and police concluded that the area was dark, that early in the morning, and the pedestrian caused the accident.

The driver of the white, 2006 Suzuki, 34-year-old Robert L. Blunt, said he was driving south, and suddenly the man was there and he didn't even have time to hit the brakes. The passenger, Dione Coggins, told the same story.

According to the police report, she said the pedestrian "suddenly appeared in the middle of the lane in front of the vehicle" and Blunt "did not have any time to take evasive action."

Both the man and the woman in the car were described as "visibly shaken" by the accident and by Dix's death.

Dix was pronounced dead at about 3:12 a.m.