One man has died from injuries sustained in a Sunday morning accident, according to emergency personnel and the Georgia State Patrol.
The one-vehicle wreck happened right after 11 a.m., on Ga. 400 between Nightfire Drive and Henry Grady Highway, said Director Billy Thurmond with the Dawson County Emergency Medical Services. The driver, Clayton Patterson, 69, of Dahlonega, was driving southbound on the highway when his vehicle traveled off the road and began spinning out of control.
After hitting a marker pole, the vehicle became airborne, struck the ground and flipped over several times. It finally came to a rest off the shoulder of Ga. 400.
According to the Georgia State Patrol, emergency crews at the scene believe Patterson was suffering from a medical condition that may have led to the accident, though that has not been confirmed. He was not wearing a seatbelt, the patrol said.
Patterson was flown to Grady Memorial Hospital with multiple injuries, including head injuries, the GSP reported. He died at 2:14 p.m., Dawson County Coroner Ted Bearden said.
In a separate but seemingly similar incident, another man died Monday, March 4 of an apparent medical-related incident in the parking lot of Arbys. The name has not yet been released, but GSP confirmed that the victim was a 68-year-old Dawsonville man.
The driver was traveling eastbound on Dawson Forest Road near Ga. 400 when he traveled off the roadway, hitting a guard rail and a support pole before coming to a stop at the fast food restaurant, according to GSP reports.
The accident happened right before 5 p.m. The man was taken to Northside Hospital-Forsyth.
During February, the patrol investigated 39 wrecks with 18 injuries in Dawson County, its monthly report shows. Those accidents involved two cases of driving under the influence and 23 seatbelt violations. The total number of violations came to 86, with 89 warnings issued.