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Dade County man killed in Burnt Mountain crash
Marks 14th roadway fatality of 2015 in Dawson
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A single-vehicle collision in northwestern Dawson County claimed the life of a Dade County man two days before Christmas.

Dawson County Coroner Ted Bearden said Sai Hwan Oh, 72, of Trenton, died from injuries sustained in the Dec. 23 crash on Burnt Mountain, near Burrell Place and the Gilmer County line.

Robin Stone, a spokeswoman with the Georgia State Patrol, said heavy rain and fog were likely factors in the fatal crash.

"The investigator determined [the driver] was unable to see the curve in the road due to heavy rain and fog," she said.

Oh was a passenger in a Toyota Camry driven by 68-year-old Kyu Oh, also of Trenton, who was taken by ambulance to Northeast Georgia Medical Center with undisclosed injuries, according to Stone.

Sai Hwan Oh died at the scene of the crash after the vehicle left the roadway and traveled nearly 80 feet before colliding with a tree.

"He was trapped and had to be extricated with the Jaws of Life," she said.

His death marks the county's 14th traffic fatality in 2015, a decade high count, according to county records.

Earlier this year, the Georgia Department of Transportation began noticing a disturbing trend in fatalities statewide - 26 per week - even as it touted its DriveAlert ArriveAlive campaign to reduce the number of deaths.

"Each morning, the Georgia DOT daily fatality report lists the deaths reported in the past 24 hours on Georgia's roads," Commissioner Russell McMurry said. "It is a somber account.

"After all, these are not just statistics. They are people whose families are torn apart by tragic loss."