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Emerson Mayor Al Pallone killed in crash | William Abernathy DUI

The 4-car accident on Knox Bridge Freeway just east of Field Landing Highway about 4 p.m.

EMERSON, Ga. — The Metropolis of Emerson is mourning the reduction of their extensive-time mayor and his wife soon after an alleged DUI driver prompted a multi-motor vehicle accident Saturday afternoon. 

Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a 4-auto incident on Knox Bridge Freeway just east of Area Landing Street all-around 4 p.m.

The sheriff’s business office stated the driver of a Chevrolet pickup truck, determined 50-year-old William Bryan Abernathy, of Calhoun, misplaced manage and crossed the middle line, putting a Hyundai Santa Fe touring in the opposite way. 

The driver of the Hyundai, the 65-yr-previous mayor, Albert Pallone, and his wife, Camillia Pallone, 69, died at the scene.

Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp said in a statement that his spouse and children is “heartbroken.”

“They will be deeply skipped by their cherished types and the group that they served so well,” he wrote

Officials explained when Pallone’s motor vehicle was struck, it shed handle, overturned and was struck by a GMC. The Chevrolet also struck a Mazda 3. 

“Al and Millie have been a staple of the Emerson group for around 40 yrs,” the metropolis manager Kevin McBurnett said in a statement on social media. “Al was a proven chief serving the citizens of Emerson as a metropolis councilman for 23 decades with the previous 15 a long time as Mayor. Millie was always close to furnishing him help, the framework to his sturdy leadership.”

Abernathy was was arrested and charged with DUI, reckless driving, very first diploma vehicular murder, and really serious personal injury by car. Abernathy was also wounded and is now receiving procedure at an undisclosed neighborhood hospital.

The driver of the Mazda 3 and the driver of the GMC Savanna ended up transported to Wellstar Kennestone Healthcare facility with non-lifetime threatening injuries.

Emerson is found in Bartow County, about 40 miles northwest of Atlanta. 

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