UPDATE: Suwanee Woman Killed in McGinnis Ferry Accident

A Bogart man also was killed in the head-on crash November 28 near Scales Road.

A Suwanee woman and Bogart man have been identified as the persons killed Wednesday evening (November 28) in a head-on collision.

Jean Strickland, 79, of a Lake Pass Lane address in Suwanee and David Dowdy, 47, of Bogart were killed in the accident, which occurred about 6 p.m. Traffic was blocked for several hours, and diverted onto other roadways.

Police said initial reports are that the Pontiac driven by Dowdy apparently crossed the center line on McGinnis Ferry and collided with the Mercedes driven by Strickland.

-- No other details on the accident are currently available. Follow Patch for updates.

See also:

  • Suwanee Accident Kills Two on McGinnis Ferry Road
Robin Loparo November 29, 2012 at 11:20 PM
Is there any news on the man driving the Mercedes? Assuming Mr. Strickland... Is he going to survive?
Chrissy November 30, 2012 at 01:20 PM
It says above that they both have died. That includes Mr. Strickland.
Steve Burns (Editor) November 30, 2012 at 01:25 PM
FYI all, the only available info is that Jean Strickland and David Dowdy were the fatalities. We'll post other updates when they are available.
Katy November 30, 2012 at 06:05 PM
I have lived in Suwanee Station for 9 years and that intersection has gotten exponentially dangerous over the past year, especially with the increased congestion since McGinnis Ferry extension over I-85. Any talks about getting a light at that intersection?
Steve Burns (Editor) November 30, 2012 at 06:30 PM
Katy, I have not heard anything in Suwanee about a light, but they may not have that authority. I'll check with other agencies.
Katy November 30, 2012 at 06:49 PM
Thanks Steve!
laura wade November 30, 2012 at 10:21 PM
Jean's neighbors in suwanee station are shocked. That intersection has been a deathtrap and many of us have cimplained. The night she died at a community mtg with suwanee police someone asked what it would take to get a ligjt there. He said ot would take three deaths. And at about the same time that night the accident happened. Does someone else have to die?
Katy November 30, 2012 at 10:32 PM
Steve-Laura, what can we do as a community do to bring attention to this fatal intersection and get the proper resources to implement some safety measures....whether that be a traffic light or some other solution.
Katy December 01, 2012 at 04:35 AM
I spoke with a Suwanee city councilman this evening, Kevin McComber. I got the information on how to bring this in front of the city council to argue to have them petition Gwinnett county to assess the intersection. McGinnis Ferry is maintained by the county, but Scales Rd. and Station Center Blvd. are maintained by the city of Suwanee. If the city is convinced that the intersection is dangerous to its citizens, then they will work with Gwinnett county to assess the danger and come up with solutions. The next city council meeting is Tuesday, December 18th at 6:30 PM at City Hall. Part of the agenda calls for time for Suwanee residents to voice any concerns. Councilman McComber agreed that this intersection is dangerous and said he would support residents who would like to have changes made. I told him I would speak with local members of the community to garner support in the form of letters and to join me in attending the city council meeting on the 18th. Laura - would you like to assist in getting with your neighbors to write letters and/or attend the city council meeting? I'm fine to go to the meeting on my own or joined with other residents. It is important to have written support at the very least, so as many written statements as we can get would be great!
Steve Burns (Editor) December 01, 2012 at 10:01 AM
Thanks again, Katy. Indeed, all Suwanee City Council meetings include time for public comments, and I can assure you that the mayor and council member pay attention to those comments.


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