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Drunk driver killed in Polk County crash Tuesday, two others seriously injured

According to the Georgia State Patrol, a Cedartown woman, who is suspected of driving while under the influence of alcohol, died during a Polk County crash Thursday. The crash, which also left two other women with serious injuries, took place near the Georgia-Alabama state line along Esom Hill Road in Polk County. Courtney Winkles, 28, was driving a 2004 Volkswagen Beetle south on the road toward its intersection with Prior Station Road. Winkles, suspected of drunk driving, ran a stop sign and struck the front of a 2011 Buick Enclave. The impact caused both vehicles to leave the roadway and go into a ditch. During the crash, Winkles vehicle overturned, ejecting her. She was pronounced dead at the scene. The two people inside of the Buick, who were both women from Rome, were taken to Floyd Medical Center with serious injuries. No other information on the incident was released.