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Names released for 2 killed in head-on crash on Mike Padgett Highway

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Published: Feb. 20, 2021 at 4:53 AM EST
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AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) - The Richmond County Coroner’s Office is investigating a double-fatality traffic accident in the 4900 block of Mike Padgett Highway.

A southbound vehicle crossed the center line and struck a northbound vehicle head-on early Saturday, according to Richmond County Coroner Mark Bowen.

Both drivers had to extricated from their vehicles by rescue crews.

They were pronounced dead at the scene at 3:30 a.m.

They were identified as:

  • Anibal Rosa, 39, of Dallas, Ga., who was driving the northbound vehicle. 
  • James Machino, 41, of Waynesboro, who was driving the southbound vehicle.

No autopsies will be done.

The highway was shut down for a time for the investigation.

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