Several passing motorists stopped and tried to save a Barnesville man after he flipped his Ford Explorer several times on I-75 north near Johnstonville Road on Tuesday, Dec. 31. While they were able to regain a pulse, David Holmes, 36, of Barnesville, ultimately died three days later at Navicent Health.
Holmes was heading north in the fast lane in a 2002 Ford Explorer when he veered across all four northbound lanes without signaling, left the roadway and rolled about 10 times on the shoulder just two miles north of the Johnsonville Road exit. Holmes’ vehicle landed on its side. The accident happened around 11:30 a.m. on New Year’s Eve.
Witness Lindsay Ancelet of Gainesville told the Reporter it seemed like the driver might have had a medical issue or been suicidal the way he screamed off the road at more than 90 mph. She said a paramedic driving southbound stopped and urged them to get a crowbar to pull Holmes out of the vehicle. Witnesses were able to bust open the sunroof and five of them pulled an unresponsive Holmes out of the vehicle and began CPR, with Monroe County EMS taking over after arriving just five minutes after the accident. They were able to regain a pulse and rushed Holmes to Navicent Health in about 30 minutes. Holmes was kept alive on a ventilator for three days but perished on Friday, Jan. 3.