NOTE: With speeding wrecks continuing to be the norm in Milton's open road neighborhoods and council doing nothing to address the situation, we thought the following story might be of interest.
By Angel K. Brooks
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
A 23-year-old Marietta man was killed in a one-car wreck early Sunday, Cobb County police said.
Garrett Austin was driving a black 2004 Nissan 350 Z southbound on Bells Ferry Road just north of Tate Creek Lane just before 2 a.m. when investigators believe he failed to negotiate a left-hand curve in the road. His car went through the center median, hit some trees and overturned, authorities said.
Austin died at the scene, police said.
His passenger, Justin Freeman, of Macon, was transported to Grady Memorial Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
The preliminary investigation indicates speed and alcohol may have been factors in the wreck, police said.
Austin was a 2005 graduate of North Cobb Christian School and attended Kennesaw State University, according to his Facebook profile. Freeman is a minor league pitcher in the Cincinnati Reds organization.
Call 770-499-3987 with any information on the crash.
- Alexis Stevens contributed to this report.
Sunday, January 09, 2011
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there is not much to be addressed when alcohol and/or drugs is involved imho. it's a death sentence even without speed. speeding while straight is where the problem lies because it still essentially LEGAL at 10 mph over the posted limit. at this point, i think city council is concerned about our roads but state laws/regulations prevent them from changing the city's limits. don't blame them where they are not at fault.
That's really messed up that you would say that about the car crash "don't blame them where they are not at fault". You could of left that out. Someone died. And the people that care about him will see your comment when they google their loved one. And how do you think that'll make them feel. Think about what you say next time. I realize that it's easy to say what ever you want when you're masked behind the iron curtain of the internet. Anonymous. Rude. Inappropriate. Coward.
okay, wait a minute. i'm lost as to why you think that was rude and i'm not the person who posted it. this accident was tragic and certainly was awful but mr enlo likes to post just about every speed related accident on this site even if not in milton. the poster above is just trying to point out that everyone wants to blame local government first with accidents like this when its actually something that is controlled at the state level.
Interesting which comments are deleted. I'll contact Woody directly and the family of the victim.
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Dear Milton City Council,
According to Tim Enloe and Access Milton stating
"With speeding wrecks continuing to be the norm in Milton's open road neighborhoods and council doing nothing to address the situation, we thought the following story might be of interest."
Is this true? Shame on you!
Put up lower speed limit signs and you think drunk drivers will obey?
yes speed is a problem, and yes city council and mayor have, and do use the influence to prevent enforcement in certain areas of the city.
3:29 are you able you back that up with evidence? Or are you spewing negative rhetoric to stir up crap in our town?
Tim Enloe should not post stories about death from accidents because of the perceived insensitivity to victim's families; however, he rather enjoys the controversy and attention in comparing Milton to every other city with streets and cars that speed. For what I don't know. God Bless the family of this young man.
I post stories of speed related fatalities to educate our residents,commuters, and government on what can happen when speeding isn't addressed.
As everyone knows, nothing has been done to address this dangerous issue in our city. I wish I didn't have to post any such stories, but I also wish 9 people didn't lose their lives due to speeding wrecks in Milton since 2006.
Hopefully, no Milton family will ever have a loved one die in a wreck in our open road neighborhoods again.
I too wish this family the best during this most difficult time.
Every day truly is a gift.
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4:20..go figure 420 prob goes hand in hand,lol, just kidding.The evidence is in the depts. own stats on tickets, and yes there is hard evidence.
enloe your such a liar. stop misrepresenting the truth with your twisted views. are you forgeting that council lowered speed limits on local roads including your precious bethany? there are also more police officers that have been hired over the past two years as well. to say that nothing has been done is an insult to both our offices and city council
To Woody: You wrote, "Someone died. And the people that care about him will see your comment when they google their loved one. And how do you think that'll make them feel. Think about what you say next time."
Instead of 8:06, shouldn't you be directing your comment to Tim Enloe and his Blog. This will only be revealed to close ones of the victim because this site posted the story, no one else.
ONLY 2 OFFICERS ON DUTY PER SHIFT. THATS NOT MORE!!! THATS LESS THAN WE HAVE EVER HAD!
get your facts straight there are more than two per shift and even if that were true it is still more than fulton county really provided
thats no true. Fulton county always had 4 working the Milton area, 6 , Johns Creek. And yes most of the time there is only two patrolman on the street and when there is only two, their told not to do anything
I have the facts straight. It's called an open records request! Most on a shift is 2 to 3 cars for 50 square miles. Yeah we are safe! Not only is Milton in danger, so are your officers. Who cares? I really want to know who cares? People do slow down when they see a squad car. Ask yourself, how often do you see one in the "Rual Milton?" GO 75 on Freemanville 3 out of 5 days....bet you don't get caught.
if youre dumb enough to travel that fast on our roads then you deserve to die
It is irrelevant as to whether Fulton County had 1 or 40 cars patrolling the area that is now Milton.
It is Bush's fault we don't have more patrol cars.
Not Bushes fault, the city council, and mangers fault. Look at the budget, the police dept's budget went down and the fire dept's up. You have almost 60 firemen and about 24 Police dept officer (14 patrolmen). The city officials cant stand the police so they keep the budget down for a reason. And those officers that try and be active in slowing people down get ran out.
I am appalled at some of these posts. What sick mind would ever make such a comment "if you're dumb enough to travel that fast on our roads then you deserve to die", what is wrong with you? Have you even considered how a post like that might affect the family and friends of this young man? Well let me enlighten you, Garrett Austin was a wonderful young man who any parent would have been proud to call their son. By the way, no one deserve to die so tragically.
You all want to change the speeding laws then do so without the mention of actual victims because after all they are someones son, brother or father.
you can be appalled all you want but that posting referred to "our" roads which means milton roads and this young person died in marietta
Anonymous 6:24, I don't care if they are "your" roads you're referring to, it still doesn't make it right to use the names of victims as a case in point. These comments are insensitive and crude.
11:12 and others disgusted with the mention of this article in connection with speeding and the City of Milton: I agree with you completely as do the majority of the residents of this city. The problem lies with Tim Enloe and Access Milton who continues to bash the Milton City Council and holds them ultimately responsible for just about everything he doesn't agree with and unfortunately does more damage than any good he mistakenly perceives by posting this story. My thoughts are with you, the victim and the family of this young man. Shame on this website. More shame to them if they delete this comment as many have been deleted over the years.
If you have such a distaste for Enloe and this website then don't visit it. Tim is proactive in trying to actually do something to help save lives. Why do you think they actually did lower a few speed limits 5 mph? Because of Tim, not anyone else in this entire town. It seems Milton is eat up with people who just hate people who try to do something good, and most of them obviously just wait around for something to post on this website so they can pounce. Miserable people.
Keep caring Tim there are people in Milton who do appreciate your efforts and I have no idea or explanation why anyone would criticize someone for trying to raise awareness and make others safe on our roads.
Atlanta Journal wrote the article, why don't you give them a call and tell them not to report stories like that or mention anyone's name.
Sorry for this families loss. Please except this as a lesson to love one another and your family members. You never truly know if or when you will ever see them again. On the other hand speeding is dangerous, and if you make that choice you may be subject to it's consequences. Tim is a human being. He is not perfect, and I'm sure he is not a perfect driver. I'm sure he has had his fair share of speeding in his lifetime too. Remember that could be one of your family members one day. Show some respect as you would also want respect at a time like this.
It's a sad news for me when a car accident claims the lives of it's victims. Let this be a reminder to all of the drivers to driver responsibly on the road. A little mistake on one's part could cause the life/lives of the people around you.
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