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B 98.5's Kelly Stevens injured after wrong-way crash

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Sandy Springs police are investigating an early morning accident on GA 400 southbound at Roberts Drive that killed one driver and injured another.

B 98.5's Kelly Stevens of the Vikki and Kelly Show was one of the people involved in the crash. He was on his way to work when a wrong-way driver, identified as Carlyn Emily Royball, 22, of Alpharetta, was headed straight for him.

Royball died in the crash.  A graduate of Milton High School, she worked at Taco Mac in Alpharetta. A manager there declined comment Friday.

By telephone from his hospital bed at Grady Memorial Hospital, Stevens told his morning show co-host Vikki Locke and their listeners that he had almost no time to react.

"I was getting in the left lane and all of the sudden I just looked up and there were headlights, and it was a wrong-way driver," said Stevens.

Stevens said the wrong-way driver came toward his car going "very fast" and he had to swerve to avoid the car, sending his vehicle rolling.

"I was conscious during the whole thing. It just happened so fast, there's nothing I could do," said Stevens.

Stevens sounded shaken, but seemed to be in stable condition. Locke told listeners Stevens has a broken arm and leg.

"I heard that the person who hit me didn't make it," Stevens said as he cried.

"It wasn't your fault, though, Kelly," said Locke.

"I know," said Stevens. "I'm okay. So I guess that's a blessing."

Police were trying to determine whether Royball entered GA 400 from Northridge Road or further south from Abernathy. Investigators are looking into whether alcohol played a role in the crash.

Investigators from Georgia's Department of Transportation were also on the scene early Friday.  They told CBS Atlanta News that all the proper signs and road markings were in place in the area.

"Getting on is a mistake," said GDOT spokesman Mark McKinnon.  "It's incredibly rare.  Less than 2 percent get on as a mistake." 

McKinnon said investigators also looked at the signage along GA 400 near Lenox Road, the site of a wrong-way crash that killed two people last week.

"We found that the signage there was completely in order and all of the pavement markings were in place," said McKinnon.  "No changes need to be made."

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