According to the Cherokee Sheriff's Office, preliminary indications show that the Saturn the men were traveling in conducted a U-turn in front of a tractor trailer on the highway, just east of the Bartow County line. Upon impact, the Saturn was knocked off the highway. Both vehicles were traveling eastward.
Responding to the scene was the Cherokee Sheriff's Office, Fire Department and EMS.
The driver of the Saturn, Richard Bagley, 29, of Cartersville was transported by helicopter to Grady Hospital. The front seat passenger, Matthew Wilcox, 37, of Cartersville was transported by ambulance to Kennestone Hospital. Barry Allen Freeman, 23, from Adairsville was pronounced dead at the scene.
According to Lt. Howard Baker with the Cherokee Sheriff's Office, Highway 20 was completely shut down for 40 minutes, after which some lanes were opened for traffic flow.
No charges have been filed as the collision still remains under investigation. The driver of the tractor trailer, Brian Moore, 33, of Jackson, Ga. was uninjured and will not be charged with any traffic violations.
Bartow firefighters fight night fire
Early Friday around 2 a.m., the Bartow County Fire Department received a call about a fully involved structure fire on 43 Pine Street #2, Acworth.
According to Battalion Chief David Levey, the units fought the fire for three hours, after which the house was "deemed a total loss."
No one was injured during the fire and the cause is undetermined at this time as the incident is still under investigation.
Residents put out a fire in Cartersville
On Friday at 12:16 p.m., the Cartersville Fire Department engines No. 1 and 3 responded to a structure fire at 108 Tabernacle St., Cartersville.
The house was a single-story brick structure. Residents were able to put the fire out; tower and rescue was canceled and engine No. 3 returned to service at 12:17 p.m.
The cause of the fire is still under investigation.
Robbery at a Cartersville motel
Friday at about 11:33 p.m., an officer was dispatched to Bartow Motel in reference to a burglary in progress.
According to the victim, two men armed with handguns kicked his door open and one man struck him twice in the head with a pistol. While the man lay on the floor, the men also dropped a television on his back before leaving. A woman stated she also was in the room and ran out the door behind the men when they originally ran into the room.
A witness said he saw two men come around the corner of the building wearing red bandannas and saw them break into the room and strike the victim.
Suspect One is described as a white or black male, 6-foot-tall, wearing a blue shirt and blue jeans. Suspect Two is described as black male, 5-foot-9, wearing a long sleeve white T-shirt with jeans.
The men took a dvd player and a television.
An investigator was contacted.
Officer arrests man for suspended license, finds police squad car equipment
While on a routine patrol Friday at 12:40 a.m., an officer ran a license plate check on a black Ford Crown Victoria and found that the vehicle had an unknown insurance status and that the vehicle's owner had a suspended license.
The officer conducted a traffic stop near West Main Street and Noble Street. The man had neither a driver's license nor proof of insurance. The officer observed that the vehicle was a police interceptor and that the vehicle contained equipment similar to that found in a police squad car. The vehicle had a pair of handcuffs, a plastic gun, equipment to set up emergency lights on a vehicle, a notebook computer, a police scanner, and a license plate reader with two cameras set up on the trunk.
The man was arrested for driving while his license was suspended and cited for no insurance. The items in the vehicle were photographed and added to the case file.