Athens girl killed by wrong-way driver on Athens Perimeter


By Joe Johnson

A 13-year-old Athens girl was killed Sunday night when the car she was in collided head-on with another car traveling the wrong way on the Athens Perimeter.

According to Sgt. First Class Tim Meyer, commander of Georgia State Patrol Post 32 in Athens, the victim, Kayle Smith, was in a Dodge Charger being driven by Yanelis M. Figueroa, 20, of Athens.

The Charger was traveling west on the perimeter’s outer loop near Mitchell Bridge Road when it collided head-on with a Hyundai Genesis being driven by 25-year-old Molly A. Tully of Athens that was traveling was traveling east in the westbound lanes of the divided highway, Myer said.

At the time, the Hyundai was being followed by an Oconee County deputy who saw that it was being driven in the wrong direction, Myer said.

Troopers from Post 32 were dispatched to the crash at about 10:55 p.m.

Meyer said that Smith died at the scene, and Figueroa and Tully were transported with serious injuries to Piedmont Athens Regional Medical Center.

Figueroa is the girlfriend of Smith’s father, Myer said.

“(Tully) was suspected to have been impaired by drugs and alcohol,” said Myer, who added that an investigation was ongoing and it was being assisted by a GSP Specialized Collision Reconstruction Team.

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