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UPDATE | Coroner: Victim not wearing seatbelt; speed factor in Deans Bridge Road crash

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Published: Aug. 15, 2017 at 5:54 PM EDT
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Tuesday, Aug. 15, 2017

9:49 p.m.

RICHMOND COUNTY, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) -- Richmond County Coroner Mark Bowen tells News 12 that speed was a contributing factor in a one-car accident on Deans Bridge Road on Tuesday afternoon.

According to the Coroner's Office, the accident happened on Deans Bridge Road near the landfill. The victim, 46-year-old Victoria Lisa Ann Welch of Augusta, was traveling north in a 2000 Toyota pickup truck.

Welch reportedly lost control as she traveled in the left northbound lane and crossed into the southbound lanes striking several trees and coming to a rest on the truck's roof.

Welch had to be extricated from the vehicle by emergency responders and was pronounced dead at the scene around 5:17 p.m. The time of the call was 4:52 p.m.

Coroner Mark Bowen said that Welch was not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash.


7:46 p.m.

RICHMOND COUNTY, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) -- All lanes are clear on Deans Bridge Road after a one-car deadly crash near the Augusta-Richmond County Landfill.

According to Richmond County dispatch, the call came in around 4:49 p.m. There are currently no details on any of the victims, but Coroner Mark Bowen confirms someone has died.

We're working to get more details.


5:54 p.m.

RICHMOND COUNTY, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) -- One southbound lane on Deans Bridge Road is currently blocked after a one-car deadly crash near the Augusta-Richmond County Landfill.

According to Richmond County dispatch, the call came in around 4:49 p.m. There are currently no details on any of the victims, but Coroner Mark Bowen confirms someone has died.

This is a developing story, stay tuned to News 12 for updates.