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Man killed in Dade County crash Sunday found by family member several hours after crash

Updated: Jul 28

According to the Georgia State Patrol: “On July 26, at approximately 7:10 p.m., a trooper was notified there was a single vehicle fatality on Hales Gap Road, just north of New Home Road. A Dade County Sheriff's deputy reported to the scene at 10:27 a.m., attempting to locate the driver, but was unsuccessful and left the vehicle, a Chevrolet Blazer, at the scene. Several hours later a family member of the driver located the vehicle and searched for the driver. The family member found the driver, approximately 200 feet from the vehicle. Preliminary indication is the Chevrolet was traveling south on Hales Gap Road, and for unknown reasons the vehicle left the roadway on the left shoulder. The Chevrolet then struck an embankment, struck several small standing trees and came to final uncontrolled rest with the left side of the vehicle. The driver, Charles Mooneyhan, age 45, was pronounced deceased at the scene by the coroner. The report is not complete.”

According to the Sheriff’s Office the deputy did look around the vehicle. The vehicle was down an embankment. There wasn't a lot of damage to the vehicle, and there was no sign that anyone had been ejected. The drivers door was open, and it appeared as if the vehicle had been ran off the road and abandoned. Early observations made it appear that the driver exited the vehicle on his own, and possibly left the scene. After the deputy was unable to locate an owner, he left the area hoping that the owner would return and retrieve the vehicle.