A McDuffie County mother and daughter were killed in an accident involving a tractor-trailer Monday morning in Wilkinson County.
The Georgia Department of Public Safety reports that Ashley Bales Reed, 35, and her daughter, Summer Grace Matherly, 13, were killed at approximately 9:10 a.m., July 15 when Reed’s Chevrolet Tahoe collided with an 18-wheeler at Georgia 29 and Highway 112, in Toomsboro.
According to the Georgia State Patrol, the Tahoe was traveling west on Georgia 112, and the tractor-trailer was south bound on Hwy. 29. Reed failed to yield the right of way at the median in the middle of Hwy 29 and crossed into the lane of the tractor-trailer. The semi hit the SUV on the passenger side. After impact, both vehicles immediately caught fire in the west ditch of Highway 29.
In addition to Reed and Matherly, four other passengers were in the Tahoe, which included Chloe Matherly, the daughter and sister of the deceased, and Trinity Fredericks, Somer Riley Reed, and Emily Law. The four injured passengers, two who were recent Thomson High School graduates, were transported to Navicent Health in Macon—two by helicopter and two by ambulance.
The Georgia State Patrol is investigating the crash.
Summer Grace Matherly was a rising eighth-grader at Thomson-McDuffie Middle School and just retired principal Anita Cummings remembers her as a happy girl.
“I remember her smiling face. She was always jolly, and she was a happy, go- lucky child,” Cummings said. “She was looking forward to the eighth grade, and she was ready to be one of the leaders of the middle school.”
Cummings said she was saddened when she heard of the accident that claimed the lives of Matherly and her mother Ashley Reed.
“I offer my condolences to the family on behalf of the Thomson-McDuffie Middle School Family.”