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According to Augusta Chronicle, James Hopkins was driving eastbound on Bobby Jones Parkway near Gordon Highway this past Tuesday around 2:30 p.m.

The current report says that he possibly had a blowout on his right-front tire when his car started to drift across the highway onto the westbound lane. This is where his car crashed into a dirt embankment.

Hopkins was not wearing a seatbelt. Tragically, he passed away around 9:21 p.m. at the Medical College of Georgia Hospital and Clinics.

Richmond County Chief Deputy Coroner Mark Bowen said that Hopkins’s body was sent to the GBI Crime Lab in Augusta, Georgia for autopsy. The preliminary cause of death was blunt force trauma.

Our thoughts are with Hopkins’s family at this time.

Do you know what do to if you are in a car accident? As our past post discussed, here is what you need to know if you are in a car accident:

Immediately call the police. When the police arrive, they know exactly what to do. The police will also create a police report after interviewing all witnesses and determining who is at fault.

Make sure everyone else is safe.

Gather information. You must get the other driver’s information such as the vehicle’s VIN number, insurance information, and license plate number.

Seek medical attention/help. Car accidents can cause serious injuries, even injuries that do not arise until much later after the car accident. It is important to see a doctor to evaluate your condition.

If you have a camera, take pictures of the cars involved in the accident.

Call/seek an attorney.

According to Ezine articles, there are several things you MUST not do after you are in a car accident:

Admit fault; leave the scene; wait for insurance companies to contact you or take too much time to call an attorney; sign anything without knowing what the papers say or means.

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