Sunday, January 30th, was a sad day for the Georgia Southern community as they lost two of their students in a solo car crash on Interstate 16, according to news reports.
According to the Georgia State Patrol (GSP), the accident involved two first-year students. The state patrol identified them as Jordan Thomas of Alto and Bradley “Cole” Couey of Kingston. The victims were eastbound on the interstate when Thomas’s truck struck a tree.
The GSP said 19-year-old Thomas drove the Toyota Tacoma pickup with 18-year-old Couey as his only passenger. Mark Whitsel, the associate Dean of Student Care and Students’ Well Being, said the teenagers were members of the GS’ Alpha Tau Omega (ATO) fraternity.
The two attended the Statesboro campus. ATO held a vigil for the victims on Monday night, February 1st, at 6 p.m. at the ATO house on Greek Row. Shay Little Ph.D. the Vice-President of Student Affairs said they were devastated to see Thomas and Couey’s life end so soon.
Little expressed the school’s condolences to the victims’ family, friends, and fraternity. The school’s counseling center is open to anyone who needs help with their grief. The GSP listed the cause of the solo car crash on Interstate 16 as traveling too fast for conditions.
Speeding than it’s safe for conditions is one of the common causes of road accidents. Law enforcement and other regulatory bodies warn drivers to avoid traveling too fast. Asides from maintaining the legal or posted speed limits, motorists must be mindful of the roads they are traveling on.
Disregarding this rule causes accidents, whether solo or multiple. When it involves more than one car, victims can bring a personal injury lawsuit against the at-fault driver. Find out more about this from a Georgia car accident attorney.