Alcohol May Have Been Factor in Fatal Habersham Crash

A fatal accident in the Toccoa post of the Georgia State Patrol over the Christmas holiday weekend remains under investigation.

The accident occurred Friday night in Habersham County.

According to GSP Spokesman Gordy Wright, the one-car accident occurred at 6:40 p.m. on New Liberty Road, about five miles north of Clarkesville.

Wright said that a 2003 Chevy Impala driven by 46-year-old Melvin Shane Stephens of Clarkesville was traveling north on New Liberty Road when the car left the roadway in a curve, traveled down an embankment, and hit several trees.

Stephens was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident.

A passenger in the vehicle, 46-year-old Tim Cantrell, address unknown, was airlifted to Gwinnett Medical Center and is recovering from injuries suffered in the accident.

Wright said that Stephens was not wearing a seat belt and adds that alcohol may have been a factor in the accident, but states that authorities are waiting on test results before making a final determination on that.

This was one of 14 fatal accidents across the state over the Christmas holiday travel weekend in which 17 people were killed.