All my life, I have traveled back and forth across Taylor’s Ridge near Summerville in Chattooga County.  Just last weekend, I drove my dad over that route to attend a reunion at Menlo, where he was principal of the school back when Menlo had a high school and a red light. Driving down the side of Taylor’s Ridge, we talked about the perennial problem in designing and building a roadway adequate to handle water from a spring in the side of the ridge. Dad’s memory goes back further, so he was telling me about some couple from Mentone running off the road there in the 1930s.

Each Tuesday morning, on Highway 27 on the southbound side of Taylor’s Ridge, two vehicle collided. According to Chattooga County Sheriff John Everett:

  •  Larry Barnett, 55, from Marietta, Georgia, was ejected from his vehicle and killed.
  • Bonnie Montgomery, 75, of Chattooga County, was flown by LifeForce helicopter to Erlanger Hospital in Chattanooga.

The cause of the crash was not reported.


Ken Shigley is a trial attorney in Atlanta, Georgia who has been listed as a "Super Lawyer" (Atlanta Magazine), among the "Legal Elite" (Georgia Trend Magazine), and in the Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers (Martindale), and is a Certified Civil Trial Advocate of the National Board of Trial Advocacy,. Mr. Shigley has extensive experience representing parties in trucking and bus accidents, products liability, catastrophic personal injury, wrongful death, brain injury, spinal cord injury and burn injury cases.  Currently he is Treasurer of the 40,000 member State Bar of Georgia.