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Wreck kills teen on his way to prom

POSTED: June 3, 2009 9:30 a.m.
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The rear end of this Toyota pickup was struck Saturday in Long County, sending the vehicle over the guardrail and into a ditch.

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A teen riding with his stepfather from the Fort Stewart Youth Challenge to his senior prom in Wayne County was killed last weekend in a two-vehicle collision.
According to information provided by Georgia State Patrol Trooper First Class Jamie Wilson, the wreck happened at 9:42 a.m. Saturday on Highway 23.
When he arrived at the scene, Wilson said he found a 1993 Toyota pickup upside down in the ditch and a 2002 Chevy Tahoe partially blocking the highway.
The driver of the Tahoe was Jonathon Goode, 22, of Ludowici, and the driver of the Toyota was Larry Walk, 54, of Jesup.
According to the trooper, both vehicles were traveling west on Highway 23 toward Jesup. The Tahoe struck the rear end of the Toyota, causing the pickup to flip over the guardrail and land upside down in a water-filled ditch. According Wilson’s report, there were four witnesses.
Walk’s stepson, Cody Dalton Chaney, 17, was a passenger in the pickup.
According to Ludowici Police Officer Diane Duncan, she and Long County Sheriff’s Department Deputies Edward Pitts and Robert Parker also arrived at the scene to find the youth and his stepfather still in the vehicle.
Duncan said the three law officers, members of the Ludowici/Long County Fire Department and civilian volunteers went to the ditch and lifted the overturned truck. She and another civilian managed to remove Chaney from the vehicle.
The teen was declared dead at the scene by the Long County coroner.
Walk was treated for his injuries and, according to Wilson, was taken to Wayne County Memorial Hospital by a Liberty Regional EMS unit. Walk was released from the hospital Monday.
According to Wilson’s report, both Goode and Walk were given alcohol and drug test, but results from the test were not available.
Wilson said the investigation was turned over to the Specialized Collision Reconstruction Team and is ongoing.

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