An Atlanta musician en route via wheelchair from Augusta to Savannah to raise awareness for people with disabilities was killed in a terrible accident in southeast Georgia the afternoon of May 20th.
According to reports, a tractor-trailer driven by a 46-year-old North Augusta, SC man struck the rear of a slow-moving van that was escorting Frank Barham, traveling behind him as he made his way in his wheelchair down Highway 21 in Screven County. The van, with two people aboard – driver Carrie Johnson and passenger Margret Kargbo – subsequently slammed into Barham and veered into the left lane, catching fire. Both Barham and Kargbo, 36, were killed. Johnson, 34, was injured and airlifted to an Augusta hospital. The driver of the van was not injured, and the accident is being investigated by the Georgia State Patrol’s Specialized Collision Reconstruction Team.
Barham, 59, was making the 300-mile trek, begun on May 11th, to mark the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Barham was performing concerts at various stops along the route, and was scheduled to perform a concert with his band Brazilian Fusion at Savannah’s Trinity United Methodist Church on May 23rd. He had been left a paraplegic after a 1980 car accident, when he was 24.