Habersham Woman Killed in Highway 17 Crash Over the Weekend


A Clarkesville woman died in a two-vehicle wreck on Georgia Highway 17 near Cool Springs Road just before 10 a.m. Saturday.

19-year-old Kira Scott was driving a 2013 Nissan Juke southbound on Georgia 17 when the car entered the northbound lane of travel, striking a 1986 Ford F-350 truck in the driver’s side, says Sgt. Luke E. Mize of Georgia State Patrol Post 7.

No charges are pending in the wreck, Mize says.

That wreck happened about 20 minutes after a serious wreck on Highway 365 southbound at Duncan Bridge Road (Georgia 384).

In that wreck, 74-year-old Barry Richardson of McDonough was northbound on 365 attempting to turn his Honda CRV left onto 384 when it was struck by a southbound Infiniti Q55 driven by 66-year-old Faithe Giaquinto of Franklin, North Carolina.

Richardson’s Honda overturned onto its top, trapping Richardson and his passenger, 75-year-old Maureen Richardson.

All three people in those vehicles were transported to Northeast Georgia Medical Center with one critically injured and others suffering unknown injuries,

A third wreck, resulting in an overturned vehicle, happened on Business 441/Georgia 105 in Cornelia while emergency personnel were still on scene of the other two wrecks. A 54-year-old South Carolina woman who was a passenger in the vehicle that struck the at-fault vehicle was transported to Habersham Medical Center for injuries.

Hall County sheriff’s deputies and members of Lt. Brian McNair’s family gathered in Gainesville Sunday for a private time of tribute for their loved one.

McNair, a Habersham County resident, died of COVID-19 one year ago tomorrow and is included on a mobile memorial to fallen officers.

0:21 {BOOTH: “Lt. McNair passed away on Monday, July 20th of last year after a very unfortunate situation where he contracted COVID following exposure to three positive inmates. Lt. McNair worked at our Hall County Jail and that’s where he was exposed.”}

That’s Hall County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Derrick Booth.

The Beyond the Call of Duty – End of Watch Ride to Remember is a cross-country motorcycle ride that visits communities who have lost officers over the past year.

The ride is in Franklin County and Anderson County, South Carolina today.

Habersham County Manager Phil Sutton says he will miss those he worked with in county government.

During a reception in his honor Friday, Sutton addressed department heads, county employees, and elected officials.

0:30 {SUTTON: “It’s a little trepidatious. I’m excited about retirement, the idea of doing something different and being on my own, having some free time and being able to travel and see some of my family, so that’s always important. I’m looking forward to that, but I’m going to miss all the people here and miss the work. I’ve been working for 50 years now so to retire is sort of a strange concept. It really hasn’t hit me yet.”}

Friday was Sutton’s last day on the job. Interim County Manager Alicia Vaughn now is overseeing daily operations of county government.