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Dawsonville woman loses control of car causing 4-vehicle wreck
Charges pending in crash that injured six
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Charges are pending after a Dawsonville woman lost control of her vehicle on Hwy. 53 near Buddy Burt Road last week, resulting in a four-vehicle wreck.

According to a press release from Georgia State Patrol, troopers were dispatched at 5:16 p.m. June 21 to a multi-vehicle crash on Hwy. 53 near Dell Conner Construction. 

The Dawsonville woman, Ashley Nicole Jett, 28, was reportedly traveling north on Hwy. 53 in the area of Buddy Burt Road in the left lane, traveling at a high rate of speed. The release states that Jett was attempting to negotiate a right-hand curve and lost control of her Chevrolet Malibu on the wet road.

The Malibu rotated clockwise before sliding sideways across the center line into the southbound lane of Hwy. 53. 

At the same time, Christopher Mackey Kelly, 45, of Demorest, was traveling south on Hwy. 53 in the same area. After the Malibu crossed the center line, the front of Kelly's Toyota Prius struck the right side of the Malibu.  

The release also states that Sarah Elizabeth Griggs, 49, of Dawsonville, was driving a Honda Pilot behind the Prius. After the impact with the Prius, the Malibu rotated counter-clockwise and the front of the Malibu struck the front of the Honda. 

Traveling north on Hwy. 53 behind the Malibu was Clinton Lee Decker, 38, of Dawsonville. His Kia Forte became involved in the crash when it ran over debris from the wreck on the roadway. 

Jett and her front seat passenger, Robert Wallace, 27, also of Dawsonville, were both ejected from the Malibu at some point, the release states. 

Wallace was not wearing his seat belt at the time of the crash.

Officials with Georgia State Patrol believe that Jett was wearing her seat belt, but the seat belt broke resulting in her ejection. 

Jett was airlifted to Grady Memorial Hospital with serious injuries.  Wallace was transported to Northeast Georgia Medical Center with serious injuries. 

Kelly was transported to Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta with his 7-year-old son. His front seat passenger, Kathryn Kaplan Kelly, 43, also of Demorest, was transported to Northeast Georgia Medical Center.  

The release states that both Kellys were wearing their seat belts and the 7-year-old was properly restrained in a child seat at the time of the crash.  All three had injuries that were believed to be non-life threatening. 

Griggs was also wearing her seat belt and was transported to Northeast Georgia Medical Center with what was believed to be non-life threatening injuries. 

 Decker was wearing his seat belt and was not injured.

The crash occurred just after a rain storm and the roadway was wet at the time of the crash, the release states. 

The release also states that witnesses reported that it appeared that Jett and Wallace may have been arguing or fighting just before the crash, and that Jett was driving very fast for the wet road conditions just prior to the crash. 

There was no evidence that alcohol or drugs were involved. 

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