By: Laura-Jane Hatcher (WRGA News)
Fourteen people lost their lives this Labor Day weekend on Georgia’s roadways, with a Bartow County teen counted among them.
According to the Georgia State Patrol, troopers investigated 443 crashes this 78-hour holiday period, which resulted in 286 injuries and 14 fatalities. Among those was a deadly wreck in Cartersville, which claimed the life of 18-year-old Hilary Marie Dobbs.
Dobbs was behind the wheel of a Volkswagen Beetle that veered off of Hall Station Rd. and hit a tree Friday afternoon. GSP officials say alcohol was not involved and Hobbs was wearing her seatbelt.
Other agencies that reported fatal wrecks in the state include the Roswell Police, Cobb County Police, DeKalb Police and the GSP Blue Ridge.
There was a slight increase in fatalities from last Labor Day weekend; in 2012, 13 people were killed in car accidents across the state.