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07/25/05

Driver Charged in Deadly Wreck

The driver of a rented recreational vehicle is facing four charges of vehicular homicide today after Sunday's deadly wreck on Interstate 95. Investigators are any still trying to figure out exactly how the crash happened, but they have released information about the people involved in this deadly wreck.

They say two adults along with 14-year-old and a ten-year-old lost their lives while driving with their family from Florida.

The scene of the wreck is one of the busiest interstates in the country. "I-95 has tens of thousands of vehicles who travel it daily," said Pooler police officer Mark Revenew.

One responder told us Sunday's accident was "one of the worst I've seen in years."

Police say Robert Briggs was driving his rented RV and pulling a U-Haul trailer when he collided with a Chevrolet Malibu that had pulled off on the right-side emergency lane. The impact forced all three vehicles off the road and into the trees, killing four people in the Malibu and sending all five passengers in the RV to the hospital.

"I've seen it happen before," said Johnny Smith, who's been has been a trucker for more than 20 years and travels this busy interstate every day.

He says deadly accidents on 95 are unfortunately not uncommon. "It's the way people travel, like they're going to a gold rush somewhere."

In the last three years alone, there have been more than 1,100 accidents in Georgia on Interstate 95, nine of them near mile marker 98. Pooler police responded along with several other rescue crews Sunday morning.

Although this was a horrible tragedy, Revenew told us, "I wouldn't consider it any more dangerous than any other interstate."

As police continue to investigate, all that's left at the scene is a pillow and a few CDs, a small reminder of a deadly wreck that claimed four lives.

The family of the victims is arriving today and investigators are still trying to determine the cause of the accident.

Reported by: Hena Daniels, hdaniels@wtoc.com

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