Athens woman killed in two-vehicle collision


By Joe Johnson

An Athens woman died as the result of a weekend two-vehicle collision, Athens-Clarke County police said.

Gail Wilder, 76, was one of four occupants of a 2019 Toyota Highlander that was traveling north on Gaines School Road at about just before 1:30 p.m. Saturday when a 2003 Mercedes Benz 320 exited Barrington Place, driving into the Highlander’s path, police said.

The Highlander’s driver and Wilder were transported to the hospital, where the passenger died, police said’ The driver received non-life-threatening injuries, according to police Lt. Shaun Barnett, and the driver of the Mercedes was treated at the scene by EMS personnel for minor injuries.

Any charges were pending completion on an investigation.

Police noted the incident was the ninth fatal motor vehicle crash this year in Athens-Clarke County.

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