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Georgia police conduct ‘concentrated commercial vehicle patrol’ following double fatality crash


Officers with the Georgia Department of Public Safety’s (DPS) Motor Carrier Compliance Division (MCCD) conducted a commercial vehicle enforcement effort in response to a double fatality crash in Habersham County last week.

On May 4 and May 5, MCCD officers conducted a “concentrated commercial vehicle patrol” throughout Habersham County, which resulted in the discovery of 117 driver and vehicle violations and 26 citations.

Additionally, the patrol resulted in two DUIs for marijuana, five counts of possession of a controlled substance, one possession of marijuana, six drivers and four vehicles being placed out of service.

Police said that the patrol was held “due to last week’s double-fatality wreck caused by a commercial vehicle driver in Habersham County.”

That crash occurred on May 2 on Highway 115. Police say that 47 year old Michael Speed was driving a dump truck when he rear-ended a Ford Fusion amid slow traffic for construction. The Ford then struck a Chevy Silverado pickup, which in turn hit a Nissan Murano.

Two people in the Ford Fusion, Bobby Lee Washington York, 82, and his grandson Jason York, 37, died in the crash.

NowHabersham reports that Speed was arrested on DUI and vehicular homicide charges.


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