Newnan man killed Sunday in same pond where woman died last week

Last Monday, Debra Brannon, 52, of Newnan, died when her vehicle went into the storm water retention pond along Newnan Crossing Bypass.

Newnan city spokeswoman Gina Snider told the AJC that around 10 a.m. Sunday, four people with ties to Brannon who were from out of town stopped by the pond to see where she had died, and discovered another car that had veered off the road and into the water.

They reported the second wreck, and rescue crews from Newnan, Peachtree City and Coweta County pulled James Willis, 31, of Newnan from the vehicle. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Both wrecks remain under investigation, Snider said.

Rebecca Shulenburg of Sharpsburg said she and her husband, John, took John's brother, Michael, and his wife to see the spot. Michael Shulenburg and his wife are neighbors of Brannon's brother in Heard County, Rebecca Shulenburg said.

Brannon's brother didn't want to see where his sister died but wanted to know where it happened, so Rebecca Shulenburg's in-laws decided to find out for him.

When they arrived at the bend in the road, they saw the car and at first thought it was Brannon's. But they quickly recalled that her car had been towed, and they could smell the fresh scent of pine from the branches that broke when this latest car went off the road.

"It took off the tops of the trees," said Shulenburg, who said her husband estimated that Willis' car traveled nearly the length of a football field from the road to where it settled in the pond.

"It's a curve, but it's not a bad curve," Shulenburg said of the leftward arc of the road where both drivers lost control. She said officials could install a guard rail to improve safety, but she didn't think the spot was dangerous. "My own personal opinion: Speed played a big part of this last accident," she said. "I think speed was a factor in hers, also."

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