A Banks County High School junior died as a result of injuries suffered in a one-vehicle accident on Hwy. 441 Saturday evening, just north of the county sheriff’s office. Two passengers in the vehicle had to be airlifted from the scene.
Cody Gowder, a member of the school’s football team, died after the pickup he was driving crashed and flipped several times on Hwy. 441 shortly before 9 p.m. The vehicle left the roadway just past Windmill Farm Road, struck a guardrail and apparently flipped over several times ejecting all three from the truck, a 2005 extended cab pickup.
The two passengers, Bill Redmon and Kane Duncan, classmates and football teammates of Gowder’s, suffered injuries in the accident after all three were ejected from the truck. Redmon and Duncan were both airlifted to Grady Memorial Hospital. Redmon and Duncan were released from the hospital earlier this week.
Cody Gowder was being looked upon by Banks County High School football coaches as a leader for the Leopards during the upcoming 2008 season.
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