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Head-on collision claims life of woman, critically injures man

THOMSON, Ga. - A 27-year-old McDuffie County woman was apparently killed instantly late Saturday in a head-on collision on Wire Road that has left a Dearing man in critical condition in an Augusta hospital.

McDuffie County Deputy Coroner Sammy Purvis identified the deceased victim as Amanda Farah Piercy, of the 5700 block of Lincolnton Road, Thomson. Mr. Purvis said Ms. Piercy died of blunt force trauma and was pronounced dead at the scene at 10:47 p.m.

The injured man, Travis Dean McCorkle, 37, of the 2400 block of Fort Creek Road, received massive head and leg injuries and was taken by ambulance to the Medical College of Georgia Hospital in Augusta, according to Trooper First Class Steve Shelton of the Georgia State Patrol post in Thomson. Mr. McCorkle was listed in critical, but stable, condition on Sunday, the state trooper said.

The mishap occurred shortly after 10 p.m. as both Ms. Piercy and Mr. McCorkle were negotiating a curve near the entrance of Thomson Country Club, Trooper Shelton said. Ms. Piercy drove her 2001 Plymouth Neon across the double center line and straight into the path of Mr. McCorkle's small pickup truck, he said.

Trooper Shelton said Mr. McCorkle did everything he could to avoid the crash, traveling 161 feet off the roadway before the car slammed head-on into his truck.

The collision remains under investigation.

Web posted on Saturday, March 29, 2008

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