Three die in Murray County auto accidents


A motorcycle rider from Cohutta and a mother and son from Dalton were killed in automobile accidents in the county last Wednesday.

Jonathan Campbell, 42, was killed when he lost control of his 1990 Harley  Davidson Sportster on Ga. Hwy 2 on Fort Mountain. It was the second death of a motorcyclist in as many weeks on Fort Mountain. Murray County Industrial Authority Executive Director Illya Copeland was killed on July 10 when he wrecked his Honda VTX 1300 on Ga. Hwy 52.

Campbell crashed while trying to make a left turn going downhill. His body came off the motorcycle and struck a guardrail, according to the GSP.

Campbell’s accident happened at approximately 7:25 p.m., according to the report by the Georgia State Patrol.

Earlier that same day, at approximately 2:45 p.m., Margaret Ellis, 81, of Dalton, “swerved right and lost control” while on a curve on Ga. 225, according to a GSP report.

The GSP reported the 2003 Ford Explorer driven by Ellis “rotated clockwise and yawed approximately 74.1 feet before leaving the roadway off the east shoulder. The Explorer continued to rotate clockwise and traveled approximately 147.1 feet before striking a culvert with the driver's side of the Explorer. The Explorer then overturned and traveled approximately 37 feet before coming to an uncontrolled rest on its passenger side, facing east.”

Margaret Ellis and her son, Stephen Ellis, 50, were killed in the crash.

The GSP reported neither was wearing a safety belt.


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