Louisville man dies in accident

Christopher Cornelius Atkinson, 41, of Louisville died Wednesday, Aug. 16, when the car he was driving went off the road and struck a bridge rail on Georgia State Route 4, .2 miles north of Sand Valley Road.
Atkinson was driving a blue 2008 Nissan Altima belonging to India Yasdnana Small of Garden City. Small was a passenger in the car at the time of the accident.
SFC Joseph Clifton Jr., a trooper with the Georgia State Patrol, responded to the scene and investigated the accident. In his report, Clifton states Atkinson was traveling south on Georgia State Route 4 in the southbound lane when the car entered the west shoulder and struck the guardrail with its front end. The Altima traveled 45 feet, 2 inches farther, damaging the guardrail.
While the car continued traveling and striking the guardrail, a section of the guardrail entered the front driver window and impaled the vehicle as it came to final rest, 21 feet, 1 inch from the roadway edge, facing southeast.
Clifton’s report states the passenger said the driver passed out while driving prior to the car striking the guardrail. The passenger was taken by ambulance to Jefferson Hospital with non-fatal injuries.
Jefferson County Coroner Edward James said that on Friday, Aug. 18, he took Atkinson’s body to the crime lab to find out why Atkinson passed out.
“I haven’t heard anything from them yet,” James said.