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Florida woman is countys fifth traffic death in 2011
Officials urge caution this Thanksgiving
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A 72-year-old Naples, Fla., woman was killed Saturday morning in a two-vehicle wreck at Hwy. 53 and Elliott Family Parkway.

According to authorities, June Schuh died at the scene of the collision, which occurred about 11 a.m. Nov. 19.

According to the Georgia State Patrol, Schuh was a passenger in a 2008 Chevrolet Uplander driven by 85-year-old Robert Erausquin of Swanton, Ohio.

A state patrol spokeswoman said Erausquin was traveling east on Elliott Family Parkway when he went through the stop sign and struck a Chevrolet Colorado.

The Colorado was driven by Anthony Wayne Barber, 46, of Dawsonville.

According to the spokeswoman, Barber was headed west on Hwy. 53 and had attempted to swerve to avoid the collision.

She said Erausquin, who was taken to Northeast Georgia Medical Center with what were described as nonlife-threatening injuries, was later charged with failing to stop at a stop sign.

Barber, who was not injured in the wreck, was cited for driving on a suspended or revoked license.

Drugs and alcohol were not a factor, the spokeswoman said.

"It was just a very bad wreck," she said.

The state patrol continues to investigate the fatal wreck, the fifth of the year in Dawson County and first since July.

It came nearly a week before the busy Thanksgiving holiday travel period, for which the state patrol and Georgia Department of Highway Safety are reminding drivers to use caution.

The holiday period begins today and ends at midnight Sunday.

Last year, ­­­four people died in wrecks on metro-Atlanta area roads over the 102-hour holiday period.

According to state patrol reports, there also were 520 wrecks with 231 injuries during that span in 2010.