(UPDATE 6:30 p.m.) Sgt. Craig Smith at the Georgia State Patrol Post in Perry says GSP responded to a traffic crash Saturday morning around mile marker 127, near the Dooly-Houston County line.

He says their initial investigation shows that a 2013 Chrysler 200 – driven by 26-year-old Donn Kelvin Smith, of Rentz -- was going north in the southbound lanes on I-75S.

He says Smith collided head-on with a 2016 Nissan Versa driven by Marci Thompson, of Cordele.

The collision caused Thompson’s car to flip and smash into the guardrail of the emergency lane before catching fire.

Smith was taken to the Medical Center, Navicent Health, where his condition is unknown.

Thompson was airlifted to the Joseph M. Still Burn Center in Augusta where she died early Sunday morning.

The crash is still under investigation.


The wife of a Crisp County Sheriff’s Office sergeant died early Sunday morning after a head-on collision.

According to a post from Crisp Sheriff Billy Hancock, Marci Thompson was driving home from work early Saturday morning when she was hit head-on by a driver going the wrong way on I-75 near the Houston-Dooly County Line.

She was critically injured and flown to the Joseph M. Still Burn Center in Augusta where she later died of her injuries the following morning.

WMAZ is working to get more information about the accident, including the name of the driver, and any charges they may be facing.