UPDATE: One killed in Sat. night McEver wreck


An 18-year-old was killed in a high-speed crash on McEver Road that took out a utility pole, knocking power out in the area for several hours, according to the Georgia State Patrol (GSP).


“On October 21st, 2023, at 7:38 PM, Troopers from Post 06 in Gainesville responded to the area of McEver Road and Vineyard Way to investigate a traffic crash.

Upon arrival, Troopers determined a 2008 Toyota Scion was traveling south on McEver Road. The driver, Daniel Reyes, 18, of Oakwood, was attempting to negotiate a right-hand curve. While traveling too fast for the roadway conditions, the Scion struck the concrete median and began traveling across the northbound lanes of McEver Road.

The Scion then traveled off the west shoulder of the roadway where it struck a DOT road sign and utility/power pole. The Scion came to an uncontrolled final rest on an access road where Reyes sustained fatal injuries. Reyes was extricated by Hall County Fire Rescue and released to the Hall County Coroner’s Office. Both Georgia Power and Jackson EMC were notified of the power lines and pole.”


Overnight wrecks close parts of two local roads overnight Saturday

The accidents occurred on McEver Road and Cleveland Highway, according to the Hall County Sheriff’s Office (HCSO).

The McEver Road accident happened about 9:00 between Browns Bridge Road and Spring Road when at least one vehicle left the roadway and struck a utility pole, knocking out power in the area for several hours. It was after midnight before the four-lane was completely reopened.

And it was the second night in a row that a section of McEver was shut down by a traffic accident. Friday night, one person was killed on McEver between Chamblee Road and J White Road.

The second Saturday night crash happened on Cleveland Highway in the area of Hub Head Road and involved two vehicles and injuries, the sheriff’s office said. The last update from HCSO was at 3:45 Sunday morning at which time deputies reported that the road had reopened.

Other details about each of these accidents were not immediately available.