Elberton Woman Dies in Athens Car Accident

accident-investigationA woman was killed in a single-vehicle accident Friday evening on Hull Road in northwest Athens-Clarke County, according to information released Monday by the Athens-Clarke County Police Department.

Sharde Tarnisha Smith, 30, of Elberton, was driving a passenger car west on Hull Road at about 6:40 p.m. when the vehicle crossed over the median and both eastbound lanes prior to launching up an embankment and into a tree, according to a police news release.

Smith, who was not wearing a seat belt, was taken by ambulance to Piedmont Athens Regional Medical Center where she was pronounced dead, according to news release.

The county coroner did not order an autopsy, according to police, who said blood that was drawn from the victim would undergo toxicology analysis at the State Crime Lab.

“At this time, we are not certain how/why Ms. Smith lost control of her vehicle,” police stated in the news  release.

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