LEESBURG -- The Herald is working to obtain more information, but right now we know that three people, including two teens, were killed Sunday night in a traffic crash on U.S. 19 near the Fairfax Motel.
In an apparent two-car accident, investigators say that a truck and a compact car, a Kia Sephia, collided near the intersection of U.S. 19 and Creekside Drive.
All three people involved in the crash died, including Richard Thomas Bailey, who was driving the truck. William Cothren, 17, was the driver of the Kia and Matthew Weeks was the passenger, a Georgia State Patrol spokeswoman at the Albany Post 40 stated. Weeks' age could not be confirmed.
Neither Cothren or Weeks were enrolled in the Lee County School System, officials at Lee County High School reported.
Bailey was the husband of Twin Oaks Elementary special education teacher Melanie Bailey. According to officials at Twin Oaks, the family has two children, 5-year-old daughter Emma and 2-year-old son Jonathan.
Lee County School System Superintendent Lawrence Walters addressed the tragedy with a moment of silence at the end of the district's staff kick-off pep rally this morning at Lee County High School.
"Our thoughts and prayers are with the family in this tragic time in their lives," he said.
Twin Oaks Elementary Jason Miller said the deadly car accident has cast a shadow at the school.
"We're just having a hard time starting a school year when you have a tragedy like this," Miller said.
Information is still be gathered as part of the fatal car accident's investigation, a spokeswoman at the Georgia State Patrol Albany Post 40 said.
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