An elderly woman was found dead and another person was injured at the scene of a three-car accident Monday along Ga. 136 in Dawson County.
Helen Cowart, 84, of Dawsonville was found deceased at the Feb. 27 crash scene, Dawson County Coroner Ted Bearden confirmed.
An active member at the Dawson County Senior Center, Cowart also enjoyed gospel music and was a member of Crossbridge Community Church, according to her obituary on Bearden Funeral Home’s website.
“We are sad, and we will miss you, but we know we will meet again one day,” stated a Dawson County Senior Services post. “Helen Cowart, you were a blessing to us!”
The senior center’s post asked people to “continue to pray” for Cowart’s family, friends and the center’s staff.
DCN obtained a Georgia State Patrol report with more details on the afternoon crash. Cowart’s cause of death is currently undetermined, Bearden said.
The crash occurred around 3:52 p.m. Monday on Ga. 136, just east of its intersection with Redwood Trail. That part of the roadway features a graded curve, the GSP report indicated.
Cowart’s car, the first vehicle, was traveling east on Ga. 136, while the second and third cars were traveling west on the state highway.
The first car failed to maintain lane and traveled off of the left shoulder before reentering the roadway and traveling into the westbound lane, where the vehicle’s left-front portion side-swiped the second car’s left side.
The second car then traveled forward and off of the roadway, with the vehicle’s right rear striking an embankment off of Ga. 136’s north shoulder. Then, the first car rotated, with the third vehicle hitting that car’s left side in the westbound lane.
Dawson County EMS crews were dispatched at 3:59 and arrived at 4:04 p.m., according to the GSP report.
Cowart and the third car’s driver, who was seriously injured, were medically transported.