LONG CO., GA (WTOC) - The Georgia State Patrol is investigating a fatal accident which occurred Saturday afternoon on Highway 301 near George Swindell Road.
According to Trooper Eric Wilkes, the accident happened shortly after 12 p.m. Gina Marie Pepin, 59, of Panama City Beach, FL, and Gerard Pepin were traveling northbound in a 2007 Ford Mustang and ran off the highway into a wooded area. Both were ejected from the vehicle.
Gina Pepin was pronounced dead at the scene. Gerard Pepin was flown by helicopter to Memorial University Medical Center in Savannah, and there are now charges pending against him.
The man and woman were staying at a Richmond Hill motel. A housekeeper found something of a suspicious nature in the room they were staying in and called police.
Wilkes said the accident appears to have been intentional due to items found in the hotel room the couple was staying at and statements made.
Richmond Hill Police Department Maj. Mike Albritton said the suspicious items found in a Richmond Hill hotel occupied by Gerard and Gina Pepin was a suicide note and blood splatters throughout room from injures to their necks which were self inflicted.
Major Albritton with Richmond Hill Police said their portion of the case is complete and now Georgia State Patrol will take over the investigation.