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GSP issues report on fatal Orchard Hill crash

The Georgia State Patrol has issued a preliminary report on a two-vehicle crash in Spalding County that killed a popular Orchard Hill coffee shop owner July 12.

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Kenneth Paul Anthony, 37, of 71 Old Bolton Rd., Zebulon was was northbound on Green Valley Road in a curve when his 2012 Ford F-250 Super Duty crossed the center line and struck a southbound 2023 Ram Promaster van head on.

The driver of the van, 45-year-old Vallie Marie Sanders of 399 Lamar County Line Rd., Griffin, was dead at the scene. Her body had to be extricated from the van.

Anthony and a seven-year-old girl in his vehicle suffered only minor injuries and were taken to a Griffin hospital by family members.

Anthony, the at-fault driver, told troopers a brown dog entered the roadway, forcing him to make an evasive maneuver to his left. A witness said the dog never entered to roadway.

Anthony consented to a voluntary blood draw for drug and alcohol testing. He also allowed troopers to do a data extraction of his cell phone voluntarily.

Charges against Anthony are on hold pending the completion of the accident investigation by the GSP SCRT team.

The accident occurred at 7:27 a.m.

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