Two Griffin men killed in early morning wreck


An early morning single-vehicle wreck in western Spalding County Tuesday morning claimed the lives of two young men – William Sliger, age 19, and Austin Dakotah Garner, age 20, both of Griffin.

Trooper Ashley Williams, of the Georgia State Patrol-Griffin Post, said the wreck involved a 1999 Chevrolet Corvette and occurred at approximately 5:11 a.m. on State Route 92, one-half mile east of Vineyard Road.

“The driver was negotiating a curve to the left. The (vehicle’s) estimated speed was above the posted speed limit. He was headed westbound. He crossed the center line, but continued to travel eastbound. He continued on across the eastbound lane onto the south shoulder, rotating counterclockwise. At this time, the vehicle began to overturn, and overturned twice,” Williams said. “After the second rotation, the vehicle struck a tree. It rotated off the tree, continuing westbound, coming to a final rest facing south.”

Asked if he knew the estimated speed the vehicle was travelling at the time of the wreck, Williams said, “The SCRT actually removed the vehicle’s computer and they’re downloading to get the actual speed, but it’s going to be up there.”

Both Sliger and Garner were unrestrained and ejected from the vehicle, and were deceased at the scene.

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