Last year, 15 people died on Georgia roads during the same time period, according to the DPS. Troopers investigated 610 traffic crashes that resulted in 242 injuries and 10 fatalities, and local police agencies investigated five other fatal crashes.
More drivers were expected on the road this year compared with previous Thanksgiving holidays because of a robust economy and lower gasoline prices, according to the auto service association AAA. An estimated 1,476,319 drivers and passengers were expected to travel in Georgia, marking a 3.1% increase over 2018, AAA said.
Deadly crashes were reported in Fulton, Clayton and Henry counties in the Atlanta area, along with Toccoa and Athens, the DPS said. Three fatal crashes were reported in South Georgia.
Early Friday morning, portions of I-75 and I-675 were closed in Henry County following a multi-vehicle wreck that killed one person, according to police. Later that day, a motorcyclist was ejected and killed while traveling on I-85 in South Fulton, police said.
In addition to the crash investigations, troopers arrested 325 people for driving under the influence, down from 339 in 2018, the DPS said.
The family of 68-year-old Linda Falayi should be planning for a holiday gathering, but instead now look for answers.