Elbert County woman killed in wreck


A single-vehicle crash Friday claimed the life of an Elbert County woman. State troopers say Tracey E. Routh, 53, was fatally injured when the SUV she was riding in crashed into a tree.

The wreck happened just before 10 p.m. on Lake Forest Circle in Elberton. According to the Georgia State Patrol, Routh was a passenger in a Chevy Equinox driven by 33-year-old Shanteeka C. Browner of Elbert County.

The Equinox was traveling north on Lake Forest Circle when it left the west shoulder of the roadway and ran head-on into a tree.

EMS transported Browner to Piedmont Athens Regional with non-life-threatening injuries. Routh was transported to Elbert Memorial Hospital, where she was pronounced dead.

Troopers from Georgia State Patrol Post 52 in Hartwell, with assistance from the Specialized Collision Reconstruction Team (SCRT), are investigating the crash.

The state patrol says charges are pending.

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