Mother raises reward for information about son’s fatal wreck
by Andy Simmons Staff Writer
Five months after the death of her son, Galen, Elaine Mallory has decided to raise the reward for anyone who knows any information about the wreck that took his life.
Galen Mallory was killed on Whitesville Road last June in the crash. According to a Georgia State Patrol report, Thomas Griffin, 48, of LaGrange, was northbound in a 2003 Lincoln Aviator on Whitesville Road when he and a witness told state patrol officials that an unknown southbound vehicle crossed the center line, causing Griffin to “take evasive action,” running off the east edge of the road. Griffin over-corrected, crossed the center line and struck the front of a southbound 2004 Kia Spectra driven by Galen Mallory, 20. Galen, and the others involved in the crash, were transported to the Columbus Medical Center, where Mallory died from injuries he sustained.
Elaine Mallory originally offered a reward of $5,000 to anyone who had information about the wreck. However, time has passed and she has decided to raise the reward to anywhere between $7,500 to $10,000.
“We’re hoping that somebody will come forward that saw what happened,” Mallory said.
“We’ve been told one story by a witness and another story by the Georgia State Patrol, so we hope and pray somebody saw something because there is an erratic driver out there that needs to be found.”
One thing that Mallory has done to spread awareness of this cause was, with the help of the Harris County Sheriff’s Office, handed out flyers this past Tuesday at the sight of the wreck.
“They passed out around 700 flyers and that was really nice,” Mallory said.
“The Harris County Sheriff’s Office is trying to get the Department of Transportation to lower the speed limit on Whitesville Road, and for that area to be patrolled more frequently. A crime was committed and if it happened to us, it can happen to others and probably has. I do not want anyone to go through this. Galen’s life will not go in vain.”
At this time, The Georgia State Patrol has no update about the incident.
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