Hayden Innocent in Fatal Crash
The Georgia State Patrol (GSP) has found Timothy Hayden, 54, Vidalia, innocent in a Toombs County car accident on January 19, which claimed the life of Sue Mitchell, 75, Atlanta.
Though Hayden was previously reported to have caused the accident by failing to yield at the intersection of Georgia Highways 292 and 86, the GSP and Toombs County Sheriff’s Office (TCSO) have agreed that it was Robert Mitchell, 76, Atlanta, who failed to yield at the intersection, causing the accident. The GSP reported this failure to yield as the only operator-contributing factor in the accident.
According to the investigation, Mitchell was driving south on GA-86 with his wife, Sue, when he failed to yield at the right-of-way and entered the path of Hayden, who was traveling east on GA292. As Mitchell entered Hayden’s path, the front of Hayden’s vehicle struck the passenger side of Mitchell’s vehicle, causing both automobiles to rotate clockwise and travel off the south side of the road. Mitchell’s vehicle overturned after exiting the roadway, bringing it to a final rest on the south shoulder of the road; the car was lying on its left side while facing north. Hayden’s vehicle also came to a rest on the south shoulder of the roadway, but was facing west.
Both drivers were transported to the Memorial Health Meadows Hospital for treatment of injuries, while Mitchell’s wife was pronounced dead at the scene.