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Fatal McGinnis Ferry Accident in Suwanee Also Results in Injury

A child of one of the people killed was injured and hospitalized Wednesday.

The head-on collision that killed two people Wednesday (November 28) on a major Suwanee street also injured another person.

Mike Strickland, who was driving one of the cars in the McGinnis Ferry Road accident, was injured and transported to Gwinnett Medical Center in Lawrenceville, according to Suwanee Police.

Mike Strickland's condition is not currently known. Gwinnett Medical Center officials could not be reached for comment Friday.

Mike Strickland's mother, Jean Strickland, was a passenger in the Mercedes driven by her son. She died as a result of the collision. Also killed was David Dowdy, 47, of Bogart, Ga., who was driving the other vehicle.

The collision happened about 6 p.m. near the intersection with Scales Road, not far from Peachtree Industrial Boulevard. The Scales Road intersection is at the crest of a major hill on McGinnis Ferry Road.

Indications are that Dowdy's vehicle crossed the center line and collided with the Stricklands' vehicle.

See also:

  • UPDATE: Suwanee Woman Killed in McGinnis Ferry Accident

-- Were you at this accident scene? What are your thoughts about speed limits and safety of Suwanee streets? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

Patch Adams December 01, 2012 at 12:55 PM
People constantly speed on McGinnis Ferry in that area as well as PIB nearby. I can barely turn onto either street on a daily basis without seeing someone obviously in excess of the speed limit. It's a miracle there haven't been more major accidents in this area. I live on McGinnis Ferry and saw the crushed vehicles. Horrible.
Patch Adams December 01, 2012 at 01:04 PM
It would be helpful to have bus service in Suwanee as well as the traffic is near capacity. Not sure why there isn't any.
ron December 06, 2012 at 02:18 AM
Without going into too much detail, Mike works for our company and we are praying that he recovers from major injuries. He returned to Georgia to take care of his aging mother about 7 years ago and due to injuries and medication, does not know that his mother died in the wreck. Mike and I often carpooled together and I hated that intersection and I hate it more now. It amazes me now in hindsight that Gwinnett School buses pick up students close to that intersection each morning knowing that another car could end up in their path. While no one knows what really happened other than the other driver appeared to cross the median, his family, including four children lost their dad that night as well.
Steve Burns (Editor) December 06, 2012 at 10:28 AM
Thanks for your comment, Ron.
Deb M. December 08, 2012 at 01:16 PM
Our prayers go out to both families during this difficult time. I pray that Mike will recover soon from his injuries. I travel the McGinnis Ferry stretch several times a day and I will say that too many drive as if they are on a drag race track. There was definitely a difference in driving pattern last week with the heavy police presence. More needs to be done so that people will adhere to the speed limits and no further tragedies will happen.
Steve Burns (Editor) December 08, 2012 at 01:19 PM
Thanks, Deb. You may have seen an article elsewhere on Suwanee Patch that notes that police soon will be holding a checkpoint at that intersection.
Deb M. December 08, 2012 at 01:20 PM
Our prayers go out to both families during this difficult time. I pray that Mike will recover soon from his injuries. I travel the McGinnis Ferry stretch several times a day and I will say that too many drive as if they are on a drag race track. There was definitely a difference in driving pattern last week with the heavy police presence. More needs to be done so that people will adhere to the speed limits and no further tragedies will happen.
Deb M. December 08, 2012 at 01:25 PM
Yes, I did see that, but I also witnessed the heavy police presence at several points on McGinnis Ferry last week. They were stopping drivers at random.
Steve Burns (Editor) December 08, 2012 at 01:48 PM
Suwanee Police heavily stress police visibility as a crime and accident deterrent.
Snickers December 11, 2012 at 12:49 AM
I have always been an advocate for a red light at that intersection. We take our lives into our hands coming out of Scales everyday. We live on Lake Pass Lane, but we did not know the family. Our thoughts are with them.

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