Whitestone woman dies in wreck on 515

An elderly Whitestone woman was killed Friday afternoon when she pulled into the path of a car traveling north on Highway 515 in southern Gilmer County, authorities said.

Ina Loretta Roberson, 79, of Whitestone was traveling south on 515 in a 2008 Kia Spectra when she failed to yield right of way and attempted to cross the northbound lane to get onto Whitestone Road, according to a Georgia State Patrol report. She was struck by Allen Rymer of Ellijay, driving a 1989 Jeep Cherokee Laredo, in the Kia’s passenger side door.

Deputy Coroner Melissa Waddell said it appeared Roberson died on impact. A trained off-duty nurse and then EMTs who arrived on the scene attempted to resuscitate Roberson without success, she said.

The collision occurred at 3:48 p.m., and was witnessed by a man from Douglasville. Rymer was taken by air ambulance to Kennestone Hospital in Marietta with “nonincapacitating injuries,” Trooper First Class Andrew Phillips said in the report. A Kennestone spokeswoman said Monday Rymer was not a patient at the hospital.

Comments posted on the Times-Courier’s Facebook page after the Feb. 26 wreck described Roberson as “an absolutely wonderful person,” “a good Christian lady” and “a very sweet, godly woman (who) always made you feel welcome.” 

Logan Funeral Home handled arrangements Monday at Flat Creek Baptist Church.

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