A Friday evening single vehicle crash on I-75 in Hamilton County claimed the lives of three Georgia residents, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.
Reports show that at 6:10 p.m., Donald Thomas, 59, Stone Mountain, Ga., was drving south in the center lane on I-75 near mile marker 442 in a 2004 Ford Expedition, when the vehicle traveled into the inside emergency lane. Thomas, in an attempt to gain control of the vehicle, oversteered to the right, to the left, and back to the right again, causing the vehicle to rotate clockwise before overturning several times and coming to a final rest facing west on top of a guardrail on the west shoulder. Two of the five passengers in the vehicle were ejected as it was overturning.
Passengers Stanley Wydra, 70, and Emily Wydra, 68, both from Suwanee, Ga., died at the scene, and Mary Wargula, 72, Tucker, Ga., who was transported to Shands UF, also died from her injuries. Passenger Salvestine Thomas, age unknown, Stone Mountain, Ga. sustained minor injuries and was transported to Shands Live Oak. Henry Wargula, age unknown, Tucker, Ga., along with the driver, both received serious injuries and were transported to Shands UF, reports state.
All vehicle occupants except for Stanley Wydra were wearing seatbelts. Vehicle damages were estimated at $5,000 and charges are pending results of a breath alcohol test, FHP reported.