October 25, 2020

Man killed in barrage of Easter wrecks

Lee Smith

Lee Smith

(Franklin, GA) — A Roanoke, AL man was killed in one of several serious automobile crashes that took place over a short period of time in Heard County on Easter Sunday.

Three major crashes took place in different parts of the county within a one hour time frame late Sunday afternoon and a fourth took place a couple of hours later.

43-year-old Lee Smith, a 1991 graduate of Heard High School, was killed in the worst of the crashes after the vehicle he was driving left the roadway and struck a culvert on GA HWY 34 near Victory Road west of Franklin.

According to a report by Cpl. Chris McEntyre of the Georgia State Patrol, Smith’s vehicle was traveling westbound on GA HWY 34 near Victory Road just before 6:00 p.m. when this vehicle left the roadway, striking the culvert with the front of the vehicle and causing the vehicle to overturn.

The vehicle came to a final rest in the front yard of a residence on the north side of the road.

The lone passenger in the vehicle was Smith’s 22-year-old son Casey. Casey was transported to West GA Medical Center in Lagrange with a severely broken leg requiring surgery today. He also suffered deep cuts and bruises especially around the face, but he is expected to make a full recovery according to his family members.

In addition to his son, Lee Smith leaves behind Lucy, his wife of 22 years and two other twin children, Tanna and Tevin.

According to his sister, Smith also leaves behind a small grandchild that meant a lot to him.

“My brother was a wonderful hard-working man,” said April Osborne Monday morning. “His 1-year-old granddaughter Mackensleigh was his entire world. He was my youngest brother — him and I were always so close.”

The father and son were on their way home from work at the time of the accident.

Quattlebaum Funeral Home of Roanoke, AL is in charge of the arrangements. HeardCitizen.com will have the arrangements posted as soon as they become available.

Vehicle involved in the HWY 27 crash near Glenloch. There were no life-threatening injuries reported. (Photo: Nathan Bradley)

Vehicle involved in the HWY 27 crash near Glenloch. There were no life-threatening injuries reported. (Photo: Nathan Bradley)

Two other crashes occurred almost simultaneously in other parts of the county late Sunday afternoon.

GSP reports indicate another vehicle was traveling on GA 1/HWY 27 near Glenloch Road, when that vehicle left the roadway and overturned.

Occupants were transported to Tanner in Carrollton with non-life threatening injuries.

In the third another crash Sunday afternoon, a vehicle traveling on GA HWY 100 failed to maintain its lane of travel and left the roadway.

When the vehicle traveled back onto the roadway, it side-swiped another vehicle, but there were no injuries reported.

A fourth crash occurred later Sunday evening on HWY 34 West near Prospect Church just west of Franklin. This crash caused the closing of Highway 34 for an extended period of time.

The vehicle left the roadway on the north shoulder and struck a sign for Prospect Church. The vehicle continued and struck a power pole before overturning and coming to a rest on its top. The passengers in this crash were taken to West GA Medical Center in Lagrange with non-life threatening injuries.

Stay tuned to HeardCitizen.com for further updates as they become available.



  1. So sorry for the families loss you all are in my thoughts and prayers, God be with you all through this journey!!.
    Shelby Rice

  2. David McSwiggan says

    Lee was a mentor to me as a kid. He and his family loved me as there owne. I will never forget him taking me cat fishing and his mom whom we all loved, cooking us beautiful dinners. I remember when Lee met the love of his life Lucy and day he glowed as a proud father. His family is the light of his life. Even in his absence, Shine on..

    • Abigale Vinson says

      I knew Lee and his family as well. He was such a nice man. My husband and I looked at him his wife and his kids as our family. His oldest son who was in the wreck with him is my husband’s best friend. He was very kind hearted and could make you laugh even if you never felt like cracking a smile. My prayers go out to Lee’s family. I feel so sorry for lucy. She just lost her mother last year and now she lost the love of her life. I just know that it’s breaking her heart.

  3. Melody Johnson says

    Prayers for the families😇

  4. Praying for the family and friends…Rip

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