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17 Killed, 300 Hurt in Holiday Weekend Wrecks in Georgia

With many people visiting family and getting sauced at Christmas parties, the holiday season is one of the most dangerous times to get behind the wheel.

This year, holiday driving was especially deadly. According to a report by the Georgia State Patrol, 17 people were killed in crashes across the state over the holiday weekend, making it the deadliest Christmas weekend since 2008, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

The State Patrol reportedly investigated 685 wrecks that occurred during the 102-hour Christmas period. About 300 people were injured in the accidents, according to authorities.

Seventeen others reportedly lost their lives in the wrecks. Six of those fatalities took place in Metro Atlanta, and were investigated by authorities in College Park, Smyrna, Cobb County, Gwinnett County, and Rockdale County.

In one incident that took place on Christmas Eve, a Toyota Camry veered into oncoming traffic on Smyrna Powder Springs Road, crashing into another Camry. A passenger in the second Camry, 46-year-old Luca Kosic, died at the scene.

On Christmas afternoon, a Chevy Tahoe driven by Nenad Lunic reportedly ran off Simpson Circle in Gwinnett County and struck a tree. Lunic was killed, according to police.

One of the most deadly accidents also took place on Christmas Day when a Ford Bronco driven by Brent Leighton Lynch ran off the side of Ga. 53, re-entered the road, and then struck a Kia Spectra head-on. April Winters, the driver of the Kia, was killed in the wreck, as were two of her passengers, 21-year-old Taneka Akey and 27-day-old infant Niyla Akey.

The heavy fog that blanketed the Atlanta area was a contributing factor in many of the wrecks. In some of the accidents, it's likely that alcohol may have played a role as well.

Under Georgia law, any person who causes the death of another while committing a dangerous driving offense like DUI is guilty of vehicular homicide. A conviction is punishable by up to 15 years in prison.

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