NWGA Scanner | September 17th, 2021

Charges pending after Fort Oglethorpe woman killed in three-vehicle crash in Walker County

According to a Georgia State Patrol crash report, on Saturday, September 11th, 2021, at around 5:45 AM, a 2011 Ford F-150 being driven by Larry Gargle, 44, of Summerville, was traveling north on GA-1 in the left turn lane. A 1978 Volkswagen Beetle being driven by Eden Kathleen Jeanneane Muina, 20 of Fort Oglethorpe, was traveling south on GA-1 in the right lane. A 2004 Chevrolet Silverado was stopped facing south on the GA-337 in the right turn lane to travel south on GA-1. According to the crash report, “Gargle stated that he looked but did not see the Beetle and attempted to turn left onto GA-337 (Shattuck Industrial Blvd).” The Ford F-150 then struck the Volkswagen Beetle in the left front and side with Ford’s front. After impact, the Ford then came to rest facing west in the southbound lanes of GA 1. After impact, the Beetle then traveled onto GA-337’s right turn lane, striking the Chevy in the rear with Beetle’s front. The Beetle then came to final rest. According to the crash report, “An ongoing investigation is now being conducted by Specialized Collision Reconstruction Team. Charges are pending due to ongoing investigation.” Eden was transported by LifeForce to Erlanger from the scene. Eden later succumbed to her injuries on September 12th, 2021. According to her obituary, “Eden was the 2020 Lakeview Fort Oglethorpe High School Valedictorian and a member of the 2019 and 2020 LFO High School Academic Decathlon State Champions.  Eden received a scholarship to Berry College to pursue a degree in Environmental Studies. Her love of the earth was shown in her participation in protests and rallies to increase awareness of the abuse and depletion of our planet’s natural resources. She was an avid animal lover who loved horseback riding, and competed in the IEA for her team from Saddle Rock Farm. Eden was an amazing artist and her talent was apparent in everything she created; including her writings and artwork. Eden participated in the Trailblazer Challenge in 2017 and 2018 where she completed a 27 mile hike, raising $2,200 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation.”