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Man dies after car broadside by alleged drag racers

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Authorities say a man out for a Saturday night drive ended up in the wrong place at the wrong time when he was struck and killed by drag racers.

Investigators believe two men were drag racing on Sims Street in Barnesville, when they slammed into a third car, driven by 29-year old Jonathan Byrd.

Byrd died instantly in the crash and two of his passengers were injured.

Witness Ardrana Pate saw two cars speeding down the street in front of her Barnesville home.

Pate told FOX 5's Denise Dillon, "One of the drivers hit his brakes, and he stood right up in the air and the car behind him clipped him." 

The Georgia State Patrol believes the two cars driven by cousins Taurean and Vonte Collier were drag racing when they got to an intersection and slammed into a Black Olds Cutlass driven by Byrd.

Pate said, "My daughter went straight to the black car, told me he was deceased."

Ironically, Pate is the cousin of both drivers and says everyone involved including the drivers, passengers and Byrd, knew each other.

Pate said, "They went to school together, hung out together, it's not a big place, everybody knows everybody."


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