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Longtime Carrollton attorney dies after accident with school bus

According to the GSP, the school bus failed to yield for oncoming traffic as it turned onto Hays Mill Road on Friday. Thomas Greer died days later after the crash.
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CARROLLTON, Ga. — A local attorney involved in an accident in Carroll County on Friday has died, the family confirmed on an update page set up after the crash.

According to the Georgia State Patrol, the crash happened as a Carrollton City School Bus was heading west on Ga. 166 in the left turn lane. Authorities said the driver, 49-year-old Tonya Morris of Franklin, failed to yield for eastbound traffic while attempting to turn left.

According to troopers investigating the crash, an eastbound vehicle driven by 70-year-old Thomas Greer ran into the side of the bus. Greer was not wearing a seatbelt according to the report. 

He was taken to an area hospital for treatment of his injuries and then, according to family, sent to Atlanta Medical Center for further treatment. He later died.

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The Georgia State Patrol said charges could follow the completion of their investigation. The report, which is not yet complete, will show that the bus driver "failed to yield" and that this was a contributing factor to the crash.  

The preliminary information makes no mention of any children on the bus at the time of the crash.

On Monday a fellow attorney, Erica Tisinger, announced that Greer had died. Tisinger worked with Greer at the Greer Tisinger Law Firm.

"This afternoon, our beloved Tommy peacefully passed and went to live with our Heavenly Father," Tisinger wrote. "I am sure he was met with the words 'well done, my good and faithful servant'.”

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According to his biography on the law firm's website, Greer had practiced law since 1975 and had tried between 150 and 200 jury trails throughout the state. He also argued before the U.S. Supreme Court and had more than 60 appearances in the Federal Appellate Courts, the Georgia Court of Appeals and the Georgia Supreme Court.

He also served as a special assistant attorney general for Georgia for seven years handling child abuse and neglect cases.

His bio also states he had also evaluated more than 2,000 personal injury cases for settlement or trial and has handled more than 1,500 family law cases. He also argued cases as a young layer before the U.S. Supreme Court that, according to an obituary shared by Almon Funeral Home, led to a change in Georgia law.

In the obituary, the family said that Greer loved to travel around the world and ski with his sons. He was a graduate of West Georgia College in Carrollton and University of Georgia School of Law in Athens.

His memorial service will be held at First United Methodist Church of Carrollton on Saturday at 10 a.m. Instead of visitation, there will be a reception in the fellowship hall following the service. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to Victory United Methodist Church at PO Box 1093, Carrollton, GA 30112; THS Shelter at PO Box 1604, Carrollton, GA 30112 or Alice's House Children's Home at PO Box 1596, Carrollton, GA 30112.

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