Fatal I-75 crash victims identified

Fatal I-75 crash victims identified

June 4th, 2014 by Ben Benton in Local - Breaking News

Georgia State Patrol officers on the scene of a fatal accident on Interstate 75 north of Dalton, Ga., that left one person dead and two injured.

Georgia State Patrol officers on the scene of...

Photo by WRCB-TV Channel 3 /Times Free Press.

The victims in the fatal crash this morning on I-75 north of Dalton have been identified as Chattanooga residents.

The front seat passenger killed in the crash has been identified as 26-year-old Kenniqua Johnson. The other front seat passenger is identified as Famica Hill, 32, and the injured rear seat passenger is identified as LaKendra Taylor, 34, according to the Georgia Highway Patrol.

Hill was airlifted to Erlanger Hospital in Chattanooga and Taylor was transported to Hamilton Medical Center in Dalton for treatment.

Troopers are trying to determine who was driving when the crash happened. Final results and charges are pending an investigation by the state agency's Specialized Collision Reconstruction Team.

The accident happened about 5:15 a.m. near mile-marker 338 in the northbound lanes, officials said.

Troopers said the driver lost control of the vehicle when the left tire blew out causing it to leave the road and continue down an embankment where it overturned.

The driver and front seat passenger, who were not wearing seat belts, were ejected from the vehicle, officials said.

Contact staff writer Ben Benton at bbenton@timesfreepress.comor 423-757-6569.