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01/18/04

Two Savannah Residents Killed in Deadly Crash

Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police are investigating an accident that killed two Savannah residents. It happened just before 11:30 Sunday morning at the west end of Johnny Mercer Boulevard just southeast of Highway 80.

Police say 20 year old Chad Rowland's 1994 GMC pickup truck spun out of control as he was turning on to Johnny Mercer Boulevard, hit a curb and broadsided a large oak tree. A passenger in the truck, 18 year old Christina Harshman was killed instantly. Rowland died later from his injuries at Memorial Health University.

"The preliminary report doesn't indicate that speed was a factor," said Sergeant Mike Wilson, "but we're unsure what may have been the cause of them losing control and that's what we'll be looking for."

This marks the second fatal traffic accident this year in unincorporated Chatham County. Three people have lost their lives.

Traffic along the west end of Johnny Mercer had to be shut down for nearly four hours while emergency crews cleaned up the accident.

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