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University of West Georgia student killed in motorcycle crash, driver charged with vehicular homicide

The Times-Georgian of Carroll County reported that a University of West Georgia student was killed Saturday after his motorcycle was struck by a car on Lovvorn Road near the entrance to the school’s football stadium. The accident occurred about an hour before West Georgia’s homecoming day football game against Henderson State.

The victim, Matthew Benjamin Dyas, 20, a graduate of Harrison High School in Acworth, Georgia, was in his junior year at the University and a member of West Georgia’s golf team.

Gloria Faith Dupree from Allenhurst (Liberty County, Georgia) struck Dyas with her 2006 Nissan Maxima. Dupree, 23, was charged with first-degree vehicular homicide, DUI and failing to yield while turning left, according to the Georgia State Patrol. She was taken to the Carroll County jail.

“I’m just speechless, devastated,” said Daryl Dickey, UWG’s athletic director and head football coach. “It puts this game in perspective. I tell our players all the time to count their blessings and appreciate what they have because you never know what’s going to happen out there. Obviously, our thoughts and prayers are with the family.”

The state patrol’s report stated that Dupree made a left turn from the westbound lane of Lovvorn directly into the path of Dyas’ motorcycle. It struck the Nissan’s passenger side
Majoring in finance, Dyas transferred from Georgia Southern and joined the UWG golf team in January of 2010. He was on the All-Tournament Team at the 2011 UWG Invitational.

According to Georgia law, Matthew’s parents, David and Cathy Dyas of Acworth, have the right to file an action for the wrongful death of their son as a result of this cycling accident. In most Georgia personal injury claims, the injured person sues on his or her own behalf to recover compensation for an injury and the financial costs, physical pain and emotional suffering it causes. If the victim dies at a result of someone else’s negligence, the family may file on the deceased behalf.

Throughout Georgia, driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol can be deadly. When taking the wheel of a motor vehicle, it is important to remember that any impairment can lead to the death of those in your vehicle or others on the road.

If a loved one died or suffered a severe Georgia car crash injury due to someone else’s carelessness, it’s important that you look into your legal options as soon as possible.


A dedicated Georgia wrongful death attorney can ensure that your losses are compensated fully and justly. For a free, private consultation at one of our Gwinnett County and Greater Atlanta offices, please contact us today, either by internet or over the phone. We will do everything possible to ensure that you and your family receive the remuneration that you deserve.

This story was originally reported in the The Times-Georgian.

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