The Alabama Law Enforcement Agency investigated a total of eight traffic fatalities over the extended Fourth of July weekend, which ran from 6:00pm Friday, July 1st through midnight Monday.
During the 96 hour holiday travel period fatal crashes occurred in Cherokee County, Butler, Calhoun, Hale, Jackson, Perry, Pickens and St. Clair.
Two vehicle drivers, two passengers, three motorcyclists and a motorcycle passenger, were killed. Of the four killed in vehicles equipped with seat belts, only one was actually wearing a seat belt. All four individuals on motorcycles were wearing a helmet.
These numbers cover only the accidents worked by the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency, and do not include those worked by other law enforcement agencies.
That Cherokee County accident took place at around 9:30 Monday morning (July 4th) when a former Cedar Bluff resident was fatally injured in a two-vehicle crash taking place close to John’s Boat Ramp near the intersection of County Roads 22 and 450.
22 year old Scott Anthony “Tony” McGinnis, who was currently living in Kennesaw, Georgia was killed when his 2002 Yamaha collided with the 2006 Chevrolet being driven by 55 year old Cedartown Georgia resident Wesley Franklin Crawford.
McGinnis was pronounced dead at the scene by Cherokee County Coroner Jeremy Deaton.
That accident remains under investigation.
During last year’s Fourth of July holiday travel period – which was one day shorter than this year’s extended period – troopers investigated a total of five fatalities on roadways, and two boating fatalities.
This year, troopers assigned to marine patrol reported no boating fatalities.