Shortly after 10:30 PM last night, May 28th, 2023, E911 received a call regarding a vehicle accident on Corinth Road near Greenville St. The caller would state that a vehicle left the roadway, broke a power pole and ended up in the trees, on fire.
Officers with the Newnan Police Department as well as units from the Newnan Fire Department and EMS from the Coweta County Fire Department were quickly dispatched to the scene. Units from the CCSO would also arrive to assist.
NPD units were the first to arrive on scene. Initially they reported a vehicle, on fire, on its side, in the trees off the roadway. There were also power and cable lines down across the roadway. As they were able to approach the vehicle, they encountered a male, the driver.
Moments later, the true scope of the accident became clear when units found 3 more victims – an adult female and 2 juvenile children. The adult female and one of the children had reportedly been ejected from the vehicle during the crash. It is currently unknown to us what, if any, relation there may be between the occupants of the vehicle.
The call immediately went out for more ambulances to respond and for dispatch to attempt to acquire three life flight transports for the children and female. Fire and EMS units would quickly work to stabilize the victims, while others set up an landing zone in the Newnan South Industrial park nearby.
Due to weather conditions, and other incidents using life flight resources, only 2 life flight helo’s would be available. The third victim would be taken by ground ambulance to an Atlanta area trauma center.
While Fire and EMS units worked feverishly to save the lives of his passengers – members of the Newnan Police Department Traffic Enforcement Unit arrived and quickly detained the driver of the vehicle. The driver, from all accounts, suffered only scrapes and bruises during the accident, in stark contrast to the others.
During their one scene investigation, the NPD units became confident that the driver of the vehicle was intoxicated. He was placed under arrest. He was initially transported to Piedmont Newnan Hospital for medical clearance before being taken to the Coweta County Jail. During this time, officers continued their investigation, including conducting a blood draw on the suspect.
Damaqus Breshawn Day, 34, was booked into the Coweta County Jail on the following charges relating to the accident.
DUI – Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol ( Less Safe ) (M)
2 Counts of Endangering a Child by Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol (M)
Too Fast for Conditions (M)
Failure to Maintain Lane (M)
Reckless Driving (M)
Serious Injury by Vehicle (F)
He’s currently being held without bond.
While more detailed booking records, as well as an updated booking photo, will be available Tuesday, a quick search leads us to believe that Day is not from the local area.
The condition of the children, who were taken to Egleston Children’s Hospital, and the female, who was taken to Grady, is unknown.
When the vehicle left the roadway, it crashed through a power pole before then crashing through several trees and finally coming to a rest.
AT&T, who is notorious for being unhelpful and downright useless, when it comes to responding to situations involving downed lines, was finally forced to dispatch a crew to the area. The road remained closed until nearly 10 AM this morning as crews finally replaced the pole and lines damaged during the wreck.
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