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North Carolina man killed in predawn crash on Ga. Highway 212

Photo by Howard Reed

Photo by Howard Reed

COVINGTON -- The owner/manager of Conyers' Don Tello's restaurant died in an early morning crash on Ga. Highway 212 Thursday, according to the Georgia State Patrol.

GSP Lt. Paul Cosper said the single-vehicle crash occurred around 3 a.m. just east of Butler Bridge Road.

"A 2008 Honda Civic was traveling west on Ga. 212, attempting to negotiate a curve," Cosper said. "The Honda traveled across the centerline and onto the eastbound shoulder of (the highway), striking a utility pole with the driver's side of the Honda."

The vehicle caught fire and Ray Wesley Whaley Jr., 46, of Clemons, N.C., was ejected from the vehicle and killed. Cosper said speed is believed to have been a factor in the fatal crash. There were no other passengers in the vehicle.

The damaged power pole resulted in loss of power for some Snapping Shoals EMC customers.

"We had about 1,349 customers without power. The pole was replaced and power was restored around 4:15 a.m.," said SSEMC Communications Specialist Leigh-Anne Burgess.