Troopers: Drunken driver killed, 2 others seriously injured in Polk County wreck

A Cedartown woman believed to be driving under the influence of alcohol was killed Thursday afternoon in a Polk County wreck, according to state troopers.

The crash, which left two other women seriously injured, took place near the Georgia-Alabama state line at the intersection of Esom Hill and Prior Station roads, the Georgia State Patrol reported.

Courtney Winkles, 28, was driving a 2004 Volkswagen Beetle south on Esom Hill Road when authorities said she ran a stop sign and hit the front of a 2011 Buick Enclave.

The impact caused both vehicles to leave the road and go into a ditch. Winkles’ car overturned, ejecting her, according to the GSP. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

The two women in the Buick, both of whom are from Rome, were taken to Floyd Medical Center with serious injuries, the GSP said. The driver was identified as 46-year-old Connie Mills and her passenger was 26-year-old Margaret Rogers-Mills, authorities said.

Additional information released Friday shows that Winkles’ speedometer was stuck at 85 mph after the crash.

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