Victims of deadly Labor Day weekend crashes identified

Georgia on pace to match 2015 fatal accidents

ATLANTA -- Investigators are working two accidents that left at least two drivers dead on separate sections of Interstate-75 this Labor Day Weekend.

Earlier Sunday morning around 1:20 a.m., HERO operators arrived to a wreck on the southbound lanes of the Downtown Connector near the 10th/14th Street exit, after a vehicle flipped several times.

According to information from Atlanta Police, a was car stalled in the middle of the Connector and several vehicles swerved to miss it.

Police say a driver in a Toyota 4-Runner was speeding down I-75/85 when the driver tried to change lanes and clipped another vehicle that had swerved. This caused the SUV to lose control and flip several times. Officials say the driver was not ejected during the rollover, but suffered major trauma and died at the scene. 

The Fulton County Medical Examiner's office is identifying him as 40-year-old Jose Castro-Villatoro of Atlanta.

The driver of the car that he clipped was transported to the hospital, and is expected to be okay.

Further north on I-75 in Cobb County, and a few hours later, another wreck turned deadly.

Crews responded to the northbound lanes of I-75 just before the Chattahoochee River and Mt. Paran Road around 4 a.m. 

According to authorities, a driver was heading north on I-75 in an Acura MDX when the driver drifted off the roadway and struck a guardrail. The driver got out of the car to check on the damage, but was hit and killed by a passing car. 

The Fulton County Medical Examiner's office is identifying the victim as 40-year-old Jude May of Atlanta.

Photos from the scenes

According to data, deadly accidents up to this point of 2016 have already surpassed what they were for the same time last year.

In 2015, the number of year-to-date fatalities was 906. For 2016, that number is 933 fatalities, an increase by about 3 percent.

For up-to-date traffic information, visit 11Alive's traffic page.

(© 2016 WXIA)


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