UPDATE | Names released of 4 killed, 1 critical in head-on collision

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Monday, Dec. 8, 2014

THOMSON , Ga. (WRDW) -- The names of the four people killed and the lone survivor in a head-on collision have been released.

The driver of the Lexus was 33-year-old Sedrick Lemont Wright. His two passengers were Marcus Thomas and Sylvester Sims Jr., both 36 years old. The Toyota Highlander driver Shaquetta "Nikki" Barnes, 39, also died.

McDuffie County Deputy Coroner Sandy Yelton confirms the lone survivor is 15-year-old Kamaree Spencer. The hospital said he is in critical condition at GRU. Spencer's mother, Shaquetta "Nikki" Barnes and the family dog were killed in the crash.

A toxicology report has not been done on the driver of the Lexus yet. Deputy Coroner Yelton says the GBI is not conducting a toxicology report because of backlogs at the Atlanta facility. News 12 contacted a GBI spokesperson who says claims they are not conducting a toxicology test are "absolutely false."

Sunday, December 7, 2014

THOMSON, Ga. (WRDW) -- Families and friends are grieving the loss of loved ones. Four people were killed, and one teen is fighting for his life after a head on collision in Thomson.

Linda Taylor looks at the wreckage left from a fatal accident, but before she came to the scene she was on the phone with her sister.

"I was at home cooking, and my sister called me and asked me if i had made it home from church yet," said Linda Taylor.

Her sister still trying to make it home, but couldn't get through.

"She said she had to turn and go the other way because there was a bad wreck and found out later on that was her son," said Taylor.

Four people were killed and the only survivor, a 15 year old boy who was airlifted and taken to GRU for surgery.

Taylor says her 36 year old nephew Sylvester Sims was one of the passengers who lost their lives.

"I thought I was going to pass out, and I told my daughter said Sylvester been in a wreck and my sister was crying saying he was dead and I just couldn't believe it," said Taylor.

Georgia State Patrol says a black Lexus was traveling around 100 miles per hour when it crossed the center line and hit a white Highlander. There were 3 passengers in the black Lexus, all of whom died.

Troopers say the driver of that car was possibly under the influence, but we won't know for sure until the toxicology report comes back.
Taylor says her nephew was in that car.

"We're sure going to miss him. He was a real nice person. He used to come to the house and help me run the house. Every now and then he would help my husband," said Taylor.

Taylor says you hear tragedies like this but you never think it could happen to your family. This Sunday too many lives lost, and too many families left grieving.

A little more sad news, there was a dog in the white highlander that got thrown out, and didn't make it.

Georgia State Patrol is investigating. They had their specialized reconstruction team on scene because of the magnitude of the crash.
As soon as more details become available we'll let you know.

Sunday, December 7, 2014

THOMSON, Ga. (WRDW) -- Four people have been killed and one person has been airlifted in a head-on collision in Thomson.

The Coroner's Office says a 15-year-old is the only person to have survived the crash on Augusta Road at Moose Club Road. That person was taken to GRU for surgery. It happened around 3 p.m. Sunday afternoon.

Georgia State Patrol says a black Lexus was traveling around 100 miles per hour when it crossed the center line and hit a white Highlander. There were three passengers in the Lexus who all died.

Officials say the driver of the black Lexus was possibly under the influence and a toxicology will be performed.

Georgia State Patrol is investigating the accident. The reconstruction team is at the scene. McDuffie County is assisting with ambulances on the scene.

No identities have been released, yet.

We will keep you updated as soon as we know more.