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Drugs may be factor in fatal crash
Covington woman sustains minor injuries; 2 from Monroe killed
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The Walton County Sheriff’s Office, Monroe Fire Department, Walton EMS and other agencies respond to a three-vehicle crash with two deaths Tuesday afternoon, May 7, 2019, just north of Monroe, Ga. (Photo courtesy of the Walton County Sheriff's Office)

MONROE, Ga. — Drug usage may have been a factor in a crash that killed two people in Walton County.

State troopers and sheriff’s deputies responded at about 5:15 p.m. Tuesday to a three-vehicle crash at Georgia 11 and Bold Springs Road Northwest, just north of Monroe.

The Georgia State Patrol said late Tuesday night that a 1995 Ford Escort traveling eastbound on Bold Springs Road failed to yield after stopping at the stop sign at Highway 11, pulling into the path of a southbound 2002 Chevrolet Tahoe.

The front of the Tahoe struck the driver’s side of the Escort in the intersection, causing the SUV to veer into the northbound left turn lane that leads from Highway 11 to Bold Springs Road, where it then struck a 2017 Mack truck head-on.

The passenger in the Ford, 53-year-old Tammy Godwin, of Monroe, was pronounced dead at the scene.

The driver of the Ford, 37-year-old April Ellis, of Monroe, died en route to the hospital. A Georgia Department of Public Safety spokeswoman said Ellis is suspected to have been under the influence of drugs at the time of the crash.

The driver of the Chevrolet, 33-year-old Jessie Taylor, of Covington, was transported to Piedmont Walton Hospital in Monroe with minor injuries.

Jose Claros, 52, of Lawrenceville, was the driver of the truck. He was not injured.

No charges are pending to the death of the at-fault driver.