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DUI Suspected in Montgomery County Crash

The Georgia State Patrol suspects that alcohol influenced a driver in the collision between a Ford Explorer and a Honda motorcycle that left one man airlifted on September 20; yet, the troopers await blood alcohol test results to determine the validity of suspicion.

According to the Georgia State Patrol’s investigation, Katrina Bargeron, 40, of Ailey, was traveling south on North Third Street in Mount Vernon and stopped at the intersection of State Route 30, as motorcyclist Jared Techmeier, 22, of Milan, approached the intersection while traveling west on State Route 30.

Bargeron did not yield to Techmeier and began to turn left onto State Route 30, causing Techmeier to skid in an attempt to avoid the collision. Ultimately, Techmeier struck the front of Bargeron’s vehicle before running into the ditch where he was thrown from the motorcycle as it flipped and came to a final uncontrolled rest facing east. Meanwhile, Bargeron’s vehicle came to a controlled stop facing southeast in the southbound lane of State Route 30.

Techmeier was airlifted to Memorial Health University Medical Center in Savannah for further medical treatment of critical injuries, while Bargeron was unharmed in the incident.

State troopers suspect that intoxication was a factor in the crash, and have completed a blood alcohol test on Bargeron. They are currently awaiting results of that test from the medical lab. If the test returns positive, the Troopers plan to cite Bargeron for DUI, serious injury by vehicle, and failure to yield. The expected date of the results has not yet been released.

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