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Driver arrested for killing pedestrian in Athens

Driver arrested for killing pedestrian in Athens

ATHENS, Ga. -- A 20-year-old man has been charged in a pedestrian's death in Athens Sunday night.

The accident happened shortly before 10 p.m. on the Athens Perimeter Highway near Oconee Street.

Police said the pedestrian, later identified as 55-year-old Kathy Maxey, stepped into the road and was struck by an Infiniti G35 driven by Edwin Gaona.

Maxey was pronounced dead at the scene. A 17-year-old passenger in Gaona's car was transported to Athens Regional Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries. Gaona was arrested and charged with DUI and vehicular homicide.

I-20 construction continues through the weekend

I-20 construction continues through the weekend

(WXIA) -- The Interstate 20 delays that plagued metro Atlanta commuters last weekend will return.

Georgia Department of Transportation district construction engineer Shun Pringle said backups are expected in Douglas, Newton and Rockdale counties as crews work to complete some major road projects.

"Please do what you can to avoid these project areas. Plan ahead, look for alternate routes or call 511," Pringle said in a release. "We want everyone to enjoy the weekend, and I'm sure that doesn't include sitting in traffic backups."

Several events may also cause delays on Atlanta's roads. From 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, State Route 9 near Lenox Square and Phipps Plaza will be closed for the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure. Pringle said traffic in the area will be detoured.

Opening statements begin in trial of former UGA coach


ATHENS, Ga. -- Opening statements began in the trial of former University of Georgia football coach Jim Donnan on Tuesday.

Donnan is accused of bilking investors out of millions of dollars in what federal prosecutors call a Ponzi scheme.

Prosecutors said Donnan took advantage of wealthy friends, football players and coaches he'd connected with during his career as a college coach and sports commentator. Donnan was UGA's head coach from 1996 to 2000.

In just three years, prosecutors say Donnan's scheme took in $81 million in investments. Donnan is accused of using a small salvage business in West Virginia as front, promising returns from 50 to 200 percent and keeping millions for himself.

Trial begins for ex-UGA coach indicted in Ponzi scheme


MACON, Ga. -- Trial is scheduled to begin Tuesday for former University of Georgia football coach Jim Donnan, who is accused of bilking investors out of millions of dollars in what federal prosecutors say was a Ponzi scheme, reports the Athens Banner-Herald.

The Securities and Exchange Commission in 2012 charged Donnan with running with an Ohio man an $80 million Ponzi scheme that included other college coaches and former players among its victims.

Donnan was UGA's head football coach from 1996 to 2000. He's accused of using his influence and connections to convince big names to invest, promising them returns of anywhere from 50 to 200 percent.

Valerie Fennell says she and her late husband were not famous, but they were victims, investing some $450,000.

Weekend construction: Avoid I-20 if you can

Weekend construction: Avoid I-20 if you can

(WXIA) -- Drivers who plan to use Interstate 20 this weekend are encouraged to find alternate routes.

The Georgia Department of Transportation will work on several major projects this weekend on the interstate that cuts across Atlanta.

"We have three projects with significant lane closures on I-20 this weekend," GDOT District Construction Engineer Shun Pringle said in a release. "We are expecting long delays, particularly in Douglas and Rockdale counties, during the daytime hours on Saturday and Sunday."

This weekend's road projects, many of which come with heavy delays, include:

Tree kills Athens man during storm


ATHENS, Ga. -- Police blame a storm packing powerful winds for the death of a man in Athens. It happened around 7:20 Wednesday morning.

Athens-Clarke County Police Maj. Mike Hunsinger says strong winds Wednesday morning pushed over a tree that crashed atop a car, killing the driver. 39-year-old Pedro Gerosquieta was driving through the Pinewood Mobile Home Park on Highway 29 when the tree fell. He was alone in the car.

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The National Weather Service says between 7-7:30 a.m. in Athens sustained winds were 22 m.p.h. with gusts up to 43 m.p.h.

Beautiful weekends and road projects go hand in hand

Beautiful weekends and road projects go hand in hand

(WXIA) -- It's going to be a perfect weekend, weather-wise -- 11s on the WIZometer on Saturday and Sunday.

However, pretty weekend weather in metro Atlanta comes with a slight drawback: nighttime traffic projects.

"We are doing our best to limit daytime lane closures if possible in order to minimize the inconvenience to motorists," Georgia Department of Transportation engineer Shun Pringle said. "However, some work just has to be done during the day."

One brief closure will be the loop ramp from Northside Drive north to Interstate 75 south in northwest Atlanta. It will be shut down Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. so crews can repair a guardrail. Drivers are asked to use Howell Mill Road to access I-75 south during that hour.