Sheriff’s Office Reports Deadly Accident: Chevy Blazer Collides Head-On With Nissan LEAF


Approximate Location Of Deadly Accident Marked By Red Indicator

Approximate Location Of Deadly Accident Marked By Red Indicator

A tragic event involving a Nissan LEAF occurred on Sunday night north of Atlanta, Georgia.

The Forsyth County Sheriff’s office has released a statement describing the incident and outcome (we’ve removed the names of those involved to protect their identity):

A 54-year-old man died Sunday night, January 25th at 10:35 p.m. after being involved in a two vehicle car crash on Old Atlanta Road near Daves Creek Drive.

According to Deputy First Class Andrew Ives, Traffic Specialist Investigator with the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office, (the Blazer driver) of Cumming, Ga. was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash.

——– was driving a 1997 Chevrolet Blazer traveling north on Old Atlanta Road negotiating a curve at Daves Creek Drive. A 2013 Nissan Leaf, driven by —————- (34-year-old) of Cumming, Ga. was traveling southbound on Old Atlanta Road; also negotiating a curve near Daves Creek Drive. It was determined the Blazer being driven by ———was traveling north in the southbound lane of Old Atlanta Road. Due to the curve in the roadway, ————– did not have time to react when she saw the Chevrolet Blazer in her lane. The Blazer and Leaf collided head-on in the southbound lane.

(The LEAF driver) was transported to a hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

The crash remains under investigation by the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office Crash Investigation Unit.

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27 Comments on "Sheriff’s Office Reports Deadly Accident: Chevy Blazer Collides Head-On With Nissan LEAF"

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Warren M

Wow, I was expecting the opposite with the higher ride height of an SUV.


Good to hear the Leaf protected her well, and I hope she is recovering quickly from this trauma.

Seat Belts? Maybe the driver of the Blazer was going fast, cutting the corner (because of his speed), and not wearing his seat belt. That would create a high secondary impact velocity when his head tried to act like a bullet, and penetrate the windshield! Ouch! With just seat belts and no airbags, I have had two accidents that totalled the car I was in, and in one case, the other car, and I walked away with “Non Life Threatening Injuries” – glass cuts, cuts on ankles from pedals, and in the other – no cuts, just bad strained muscles! One was a rolling/spinning event (Glass cuts, etc.); the other was a parked car on the Freeway driving lanes that I almost missed – just needed another 40 feet of clearance! Unfortunately, I rear ended them at about a 15 degree angle as I was attempting to cut left around them. Impact speed only about 40 – 45 MPH! I have seen a guy fly right out the windows of a car that was approaching from the other way, then suddenly attempt a high speed U-Turn, and flip their car. Drunk as he was, he survived- probably because he was… Read more »

Although this is a terrible occurrence, there are a few consolation prizes
1. It is real world evidence that a Leaf can keep you safe even in a head on collision with an SUV
2. The Leaf had no reported fire
3. The person who was driving in their correct lane lived.

I agree with Robert though. The #1 determinor of living through this sort of accident is wearing your seat belt. Airbags also help significantly. Buckle up and stay safe.

Lou Grinzo

I very strongly agree with the point about seat belts.

My wife is alive today because she used seat belts even before they were mandated by law (and before air bags existed). A woman blew through a stop sign and T-boned my wife’s very small, cheap car, spinning it around and totaling it. My wife had a few minor bruises, no cuts, and no other injuries.

Everyone: PLEASE wear your seat belts! A killer accident like this can strike out of nowhere even when you’re doing nothing wrong.


Glad to hear about the driver of the Leaf being okay… and somewhat reassuring since I own one.

Less surprising is the result of the Blazer… in 2005 IIHS named the Blazer “deadliest vehicle on the road”

Alonso Perez

I’m guessing rollover risk though, which was common for SUV’s throughout the 2000’s, but not a factor in this accident.


And this is why we need pilot assist driving.



Josh Bryant


Charles Bonville


Robert Weekley

‘Pilot Assisted Driving’ – Private Pilots or Commercial Pilots? Single Engine or Multi Engine? Day or Night Rated? Aerobatic or Tail Dragger Qualified?

Funny – I passed my pilots Licence BEFORE – I Passed my Road Test – (Which I actually failed – twice, before I went to another examiner! Flying is both Safer – and – for me at least – Easier)!


She would probably have walked away if she had been driving a Model S

Jeremy S

I would think that if you are involved in a head-on wreck serious enough to kill the other party, They would want to bring you to the hospital to check for internal injuries either way. For impacts, the Nissan Leaf got an excellent 4 star rating for the driver’s side. Sure, it didn’t actually break the testing machine like the Model S, but it did perform excellently.

Alonso Perez

Maybe. Maybe the Blazer would have ridden on top of the lower Model S hood and crashed through the windshield.

Crashes are odd things, best avoided no matter what you are driving.

Dave K.

People think bigger makes you safer, but it’s actually newer! Since the insurance institute started rating safety and OEMs are held accountable cars have gotten much safer and size is far less important. Good design rules!


Both the age and size are factors in a collision, but it’s certainly true that vehicles built during the 90’s don’t fare well against today’s vehicles in head ons.

Guess those 3 tiny welds on each side in the front, do make a difference in the Leaf. 😉

Joshua Burstyn

When we switched our 2008 Hyundai Accent out for the Kia Soul EV our insurance premium went way down. The cars are apx the same size.

Alonso Perez

Those three tiny welds were actually the visible indicators of a whole weld series. If it was just those welds, the issue would have been fixable by applying them.


They could actually be pretty close in weight. The 2-door 1997 Blazer with 2WD has a curb weight of 3531 lbs., while the 2013 Leaf has a curb weight of 3,291 lbs.

Jeff Songster

I really expected this story to be the other outcome also. Nice to hear that the LEAF fared so well. More modern ones typically do versus the 1960s designed trucks.


If you are a survivor in a crash where the mechanism of injury was sufficient to cause a fatality, you will be _strongly_ encouraged to accept an EMS transport. Even if it is purely precautionary.

The conjecture as to who was wearing a seatbelt and who was not has a 99+% chance of being accurate.



Probably the 15+ years of safety advances. Glad at least one driver is OK. Condolences to the family of the Blazer.


Before we make any conclusions..

What was the speed of collison?

Was the driver wearing seatbelt?

14 years is a long time in automotive safety.

Chevy Blazer was a piece of junk in terms of safety…


To post this in a pro-EV blog, with the clear implication of “ha ha, the EV won” is remarkably tasteless.


I suppose not one thought about the other possibility … that the Blazer driver had a heart attack and that is why he not only was in the wrong lane but also was dead ?

The death rate in accidents is all about the angle, area and speed of the impact.