Separate traffic accidents claim two lives in Augusta

Crash on Old Savannah Road
Crash on Old Savannah Road(wrdw)
Published: Aug. 29, 2022 at 5:23 AM EDT
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AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) - Local law enforcement officers are investigating two fatal accidents that happened over the weekend in Augusta.

An Aiken man died after an accident Friday night at Old Savannah Road and Roselle Street.

The coroner has identified Brian Heath, 28, as the victim in that crash.

Deputies say Heath’s vehicle was struck by a car involved in a high-speed chase with the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office.

Heath had to be removed from his vehicle and was pronounced dead on the scene at 9:40 p.m. The other driver was transported to a hospital.

The Georgia State Patrol also responded to the scene.

In a separate accident, a dirt bike operator was killed Saturday night on Peach Orchard Road.

Deputies responded to the scene at the 3000 block of Peach Orchard Road at 7:58 pm. The initial call was for an accident with injuries involving a vehicle and a dirt bike.

The dirt bike operator was transported to Augusta University Medical Center and was pronounced deceased as a result of his injuries. The coroner identified the victim as 23-year-old Justin Key.

An autopsy is scheduled.

We will provide updates as we learn more details.

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