2012 Traffic Fatalities Far Outnumber Homicides in Athens, Ga.
The information in this story comes from the ACC Police Department.
In Athens in 2012, it was much more likely that someone was going to die in a traffic fatality than in a homicide, according to police records.
There were nine traffic deaths and five homicides last year, said Athens Clarke County Assistant Police Chief Carter Greene.
Some of those who died include:
A collision in early December at Timothy Road and the Athens Bypass killed a 90-year-old passenger. A man died when he lost control of his motorcycle on Epps Bridge Parkway. In November, a driver from Jefferson hit and killed a pedestrian on Old Hull Road. A driver was killed in the Wal Mart parking lot when his car hit a parked tractor trailer. Another motorcyclist was killed after leaving a bar on the Atlanta Highway. A man was killed en route to Georgia Square Mall with his family to see Santa in December.
Those murdered include Quincy Walter, who was killed in July; Jesse Franklin Howard and Shawn Doughty, who were killed in separate incidents in October; a newborn, who was allegedly killed by its mother, Cassandra Norwood, in November; and Edward Davidson, who was allegedly shot and killed by three would-be burglars late November.
"On a per capita basis, Athens is the third safest city in Georgia, after Alpharett and Roswell," said Greene.
There were also 10 suicides in Athens in 2012.