By Patrick Yost
Two men died in car crashes on two consecutive days last week.
According to Georgia State Patrol reports, Hector Roberto Ramirez, 53, Pasadena, Texas was pronounced dead December 12 at Morgan Memorial Hospital at 6:15 a.m. after the 2008 Ford Escape he was driving westbound on Interstate 20 left the roadway and struck a metal guard rail near the westbound rest area.
Reports state that it is suspected that Ramirez had a “medical emergency prior to the crash and an autopsy will be conducted.”
On December 13 Charles Malcom Sellers, 59, Talladega, Al. was pronounced dead at the scene of a wreck on Georgia Highway 83 near the intersection with Aqua Road.
Reports state that approximately 8:30 a.m. a 2000 Dodge Caravan driven southbound by Sellers failed to negotiate a curve and left the roadway and traveled into a ditch. After the vehicle hit the ditch it continued until it struck an embankment on a private drive then flipped.
Reports state that “there were several beer cans around the vehicle. The driver is suspected to be under the influence of alcohol at the time of the crash.”
A trooper noted in the report that he was informed that Sellers had been reported missing to the Talladega Police Department and that the department said “this is not the first time the driver has gone missing.”
“Talladega Police stated that the driver has a history of drinking and driving. They stated that he gets intoxicated and drives around, often getting lost.”