Fayette County

Community mourns 2 teens killed in fiery wreck in Peachtree City

FAYETTE COUNTY, Ga. — A community is grieving the loss of two young men in a deadly car crash this weekend in Fayette County.

Police said it appears speed played a role in the crash, which also injured occupants of the car the teens hit head-on.

Channel 2′s Tyisha Fernandes was in Peachtree City, where she spoke to a man who heard the crash. The witness said it sounded like some kind of explosion. Bob Patterson said it was so loud he thought there was no way it was just a car crash.

Patterson said he was watching TV Saturday night when he heard the crash.

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“I heard a loud explosion. As a matter of fact, it shook the windows,” Patterson said.

Patterson said he came outside and saw the car engulfed in flames.

Police said 19-year-old Kevin Allen was driving a Corvette Saturday evening when he lost control, crossed the double line and crashed into an SUV head-on.

Police have not released the name of his 16-year-old passenger yet, but friends told Fernendes that his name is Brighton Garretson.


Garretson’s family has started a GoFundMe page about the accident.

Police said it’s a miracle that the driver of the SUV Allen hit and his children survived.

“I looked at the skid marks and it obvious the car that burned, then crossed the center line into the front of the SUV,” Patterson said. “Total skid marks, so he was on the brakes hard, but it was evidently too late.”

Patterson said he’s not used to dealing with many tragedies in the quiet community.

“Well, it’s really rare for something like that in Peachtree City,” Patterson said. “The outpouring from Peachtree City is typical Peachtree City.”

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