2 men killed in car wrecks within 12 hours in Hall County

In just less than 12 hours, authorities in Hall County were called to investigate two unrelated car wrecks that left two men dead.

The first happened about 12:30 p.m. Tuesday on Ga. 60 near Bark Camp Road, according to Georgia State Patrol spokesman Cpl. J. Hedden.

Officials said 20-year-old Michael Buck was driving a 2014 Toyota Tacoma southbound on Ga. 60 amid heavy rain. When he tried to make a left turn around a curve, he lost control of the car, Hedden said.

Buck’s Tacoma first crossed into the northbound lane and then slid off the left shoulder of the road, Hedden said. The truck slid through the parking lot of an auto parts business, he said. It then smashed into a parked utility trailer and got stuck underneath it, officials said.

The Dawson County man died at the scene.

The following day, 28-year-old Roland Juarez of Gainesville was killed in a wreck that happened at the intersection of Timber Ridge and Miller Lake roads, according to Hall County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Derreck Booth.

Investigators said Juarez was driving his 1998 Buick Park Avenue south on Timber Ridge Road about 12:15 a.m. Wednesday. He tried to navigate a curve, but lost control of the Buick, Booth said.

Juarez’s car spun out of control and crashed into a tree, Booth said. He died at the scene.

Both accidents are still under investigation.

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