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Crash spotlights Greenwood Street speeders

A group of residents was at Monday night’s Barnesville city council meeting to take up the long smoldering issue of speeding on Greenwood Street after a crash Labor Day night that wrecked three cars, two of which were parked at the time. Just before 10:30 p.m., a southbound 2014 Nissan Sentra driven by Zoria-Erianna Wilkerson, who had only a learner’s license, crashed into two cars parked at the Worthy residence at 612 Greenwood Street. Two witnesses said Wilkerson was traveling at a high rate of speed when she hit the parked cars. Another witness disagreed. The Sentra hit a 2000 Ford F250 owned by Brantley Worthy with such force it struck another parked vehicle, a 2013 Honda Accord, owned by Jeremy Worthy. Both the Worthy vehicles were pushed seven feet by the impact. When Sgt. Freddie Oates of the BPD arrived, he spoke with Jeremy Worthy who pointed out Wilkerson. Wilkerson began to walk away from the scene. Her residence is listed as 711 Greenwood Street. She told Oates she was going to meet her father. An ambulance arrived and eventually transported her to Upson Regional. Wilkerson was questioned the next day and said she swerved to avoid a cat just before striking the vehicles. Oates’ report indicates there were no skid marks, casting doubt on her account. Wilkerson claimed she was alone in the vehicle at the time of the crash but neighbors allege they have learned two other young people were in the car with her. Wilkerson was charged with violating the conditions of her learner’s permit and reckless driving. No charges have yet been brought against her father, Kenneth Wilkerson, for allowing her to drive his Sentra without a license.

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