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A mother of two has died in a terrifying accident while traveling home from a friend’s birthday celebration in Adelaide.
Georgina Heath, 51, was traveling in a Hyundai van with her partner, 30, and two friends when her car collided with a Mitsubishi sedan driven by a teenager early Saturday morning.
She was pronounced dead at the scene.
Ms. Heath’s partner was taken to Flinders Medical Center in serious but not life-threatening condition.
Georgina Heath 51, was traveling in a Hyundai van with her partner, 30, and two friends when her car collided with a Mitsubishi sedan driven by a teenager early Saturday morning.
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The driver, a 35-year-old woman, and her friend, a 28-year-old woman, were also hospitalized.
The driver of the Mitsubishi, a 17-year-old boy, and his passenger, also a 17-year-old boy, suffered serious injuries.
The group had been celebrating a friend’s birthday at Mick O’Shea’s Irish pub, and patrons were shocked to hear of the accident.
South Australian Police are investigating the accident.
The woman’s death marks the 34th life lost on our roads this year compared to 16 in the same period last year.
South Australian Opposition Leader David Spiers has called for a new road safety campaign targeting P plate users after South Australia posted record fatalities.
Police have also warned of high death rates on South Australian roads in 2023.
“This has to stop, and it has to stop now,” SA Assistant Police Commissioner Ian Parrott told a news conference.
“They are absolutely preventable: there is senseless loss of life on the roads of South Australia because these accidents are preventable,” he added.
He added that at least five of the deaths were due to “distraction and fatigue” and that police were investigating whether dangerous driving played a role in four of the accidents.
Police officers are also investigating speeding and alcohol as factors in other accidents.