A tragic wreck Friday afternoon on Hwy 129 N. and Kennedy Bridge Rd took the lives of two Metter residents, 21-year-old Me’Chelle Lynn Harden and her 16-month old daughter, Paisley Arianna Winkler.
The wreck occurred just after 4 p.m. and involved two vehicles - a white Dodge Neon driven by Harden and a white Chevrolet Silverado driven by Justin Pirdy of Reidsville. Harden had to be extricated from the vehicle after both cars rolled down a steep embankment off Hwy 129.
Harden was transported to Evans Memorial Hospital and then airlifted to Memorial University Medical Center. Baby Winkler was also transported to Evans Memorial Hospital. Pirdy and his passenger Miquel Garcia survived the accident with minor injuries. Neither were transported to the hospital.
Harden was traveling east on Kennedy Bridge Rd. while Pirdy was driving south on Hwy 129 when Harden traveled through the intersection and was struck in the driver’s side by the front end of Pirdy’s pickup truck. Georgia State Patrol investigated the scene of the wreck. The investigation has since been turned over to the Specialized Collision Reconstruction Team (SCRT).
Harden, a physical therapy student, was uninsured. Family members have set up a gofundme account to raise donations to cover funeral expenses and a memorial for Harden and her daughter. To donate, visit http://www.gofundme.com/ehjzyc.
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