A man who died in an accident on I-85 in Gwinnett County on Monday has been identified as former Georgia high school and later college football standout Michael “Dee” Dowis, WDUN reports.
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The crash occurred before 4:43 a.m. near Hamilton Mill Road when the 48-year-old Dowis’ vehicle crossed into the northbound lanes of the interstate. Dowis attempted to back up to reenter the southbound lane but was struck on the driver’s side by another vehicle.
When Gwinnett County Police arrived on the scene, Dowis was dead. The driver of the other car, 22-year-old Jeremy Weiss of North Carolina, suffered injuries that required hospitalization.
He was transferred to Northeast Georgia Medical Center in Braselton to be treated for non-life threatening injuries.
Police are still investigating the accident and what caused Dowis to enter the wrong lane of the interstate. Authorities have ruled out speed as a contributing factor in the crash.
Dowis was reportedly not wearing his seatbelt at the time of the accident.
Dowis formerly played football at Franklin County High School in Carnesville in the 1980’s, where he excelled at the quarterback position.
He went on to play at the Air Force Academy from 1986 to 1989, finishing as a Heisman Trophy finalist his senior year.
Data shows that Georgia’s section of I-85 sees an average of .91 deaths per mile per year, making it the 26th deadliest interstate in America according to the Daily Beast.