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One woman killed, another injured in wreck

A 26-year-old Thomson woman was killed while another woman walked away with minor injuries after a single-vehicle crash near the Rock House in McDuffie County early last Saturday.

Coroner Rhusha Mack identified the victim as Contessa Jeannay Lemons, of the 1600 block of Foster Sprouse Road.

Ms. Lemons died of blunt force trauma to the head and was pronounced dead at the scene at 4 a.m., Coroner Mack said.

Trooper Matthew MacDonald of the Georgia State Patrol post in Thomson said the wreck occurred shortly before 3 a.m. as Ms. Lemons was on a curve while traveling west on the dirt road in a 1997 Nissan Pathfinder. For unknown reasons the SUV entered onto the north shoulder of the roadway before the driver over-corrected. After leaving the roadway, the front of the SUV struck an embankment before rotating clockwise and overturning onto the driver's side.

Following the crash, Christy Bryant, a passenger who lived at the same address as Ms. Lemons, walked down the road and sought help from a security guard at the Rock House a short distance away. Ms. Bryant had only minor visible injuries.

Unlike Ms. Bryant, Ms. Lemons was not wearing a seat belt. She was partially ejected from the SUV, Trooper MacDonald said.

Firefighters/first responders with the McDuffie County Fire/Rescue Services rendered assistance as did personnel with the McDuffie County Emergency Medical Services. McDuffie County Sheriff's Department deputies Bret Bentley and Marc Thompson also responded to the scene.

Thomson Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements for Ms. Lemons.

Web posted on Thursday, August 27, 2009

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