June 5th, 2020 – 11:30 AM
The Georgia State Patrol –
A fatal wreck that involved 2 vehicles occurred in Polk County on Thursday at the intersection of Esom Hill Road and Prior Station Road.
According to an investigative report from the Georgia State Patrol, 28-year-old Courtney Winkles of Cedartown was traveling southbound in a 2004 Volkswagen Beetle on Esom Hill Road when she failed to stop at a stop sign and struck the front of a 2011 Buick Enclave CXL. The impact occurred in the westbound lane.
After the impact, Winkle’s vehicle left the south side of the roadway, overturned, and struck a ditch: She was then ejected from the vehicle.
Georgia State Patrol pronounced her dead at the scene.
The investigating GA State Trooper observed a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from Courtney Winkles person, and also that the speedometer in her vehicle was stuck at 85 mph.
After being struck, the 2011 Buick Enclave CXL left the south side of the roadway and hit a ditch with its undercarriage. The 2 passengers of the Buick Enclave CXL, both from Rome, sustained serious injuries, and were transported to Floyd Medical Center to be treated.