A U-turn can shave minutes off your commute and saves you from having to drive several miles to turn around. But things can quickly go wrong in heavy traffic or if either party isn’t looking for oncoming vehicles.

78-year-old Rosa Burke was in that position in the morning hours of December 14, as she was looking to make a U-turn near an intersection of Shadybrook Drive. The Athens resident had been heading east on the roadway, and wanted to travel west.

When she was in the process of making the U-turn, Burke’s 2014 Nissan Altima was struck by a 2007 Econoline van, which was heading eastbound.

Unfortunately, the collision took place on the driver’s side of the Nissan Altima, which left Burke seriously injured. She was transported to a local hospital for treatment, but was not able to recover from the injuries she sustained.

The Econoline van was being driven by a 48 year-old Athens resident, who was also transported to a hospital to receive medical attention for non-life threatening injuries. 

There was a passenger in Burke’s car as well at the time of the accident, who was also taken to the hospital for non-life threatening injuries.

The identity of the passenger in the Altima and the driver of the van have not been released to the public at this time. 

According to reports, this accident was the 10th fatal motor vehicle incident in Athens-Clarke county this year. 

Rafi Law Firm expresses its heartfelt condolences to Burke’s friends and families, and wishes a speedy recovery for the other injured parties. If you or a loved one is injured in a car accident, please contact us at (404) 800-1156.

If you have been injured by another party and need representation by a legal team that will fight hard for you, call Rafi Law Firm today for a free consultation at 404-800-9933.