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Wife of Kingsport veterinarian killed in traffic accident in Georgia

July 2nd, 2014 3:13 pm by Wes Bunch

Wife of Kingsport veterinarian killed in traffic accident in Georgia

KINGSPORT — The wife of a prominent Kingsport veterinarian died this past weekend following a traffic accident in the Atlanta area.

Ailsie Straley, 75, of Kingsport, died Saturday morning from cardiac arrest as she was being transported to Northside Hospital in Atlanta for treatment of her injuries, a spokesman with the Sandy Springs, Ga., Police Department said.

Ailsie Straley was riding in a car driven by her husband, James "Andy" Straley, of the Andes-Straley Veterinary Clinic in Kingsport, when the accident occurred.

Sandy Springs police confirmed that James Straley has been charged with misdemeanor second-degree vehicular homicide and failure to yield in connection with the crash.

In Georgia, second-degree vehicular homicide charges can be brought if a violation of traffic laws results in a person's unintended death.

Police said Straley was driving a Toyota Avalon sedan on Roswell Road near the entrance ramp to the Interstate 285W Bypass in Sandy Springs when his car was struck by a Nissan Pathfinder SUV.

The SSPD spokesman described the area where the wreck occurred as extremely busy with heavy amounts of traffic throughout the day.

Straley was traveling north on Roswell Road when he allegedly failed to yield while entering a left-turn-only lane onto the bypass.

Straley's Toyota was struck in the passenger's side by the SUV as it started to turn onto the on-ramp, the spokesman said.

Ailsie Straley was reportedly sitting at the point of impact and had to be extricated from the vehicle by emergency responders. Police said she died en route to the hospital.

The 44-year-old female driver of the SUV suffered only minor injuries in the collision.

Police said James Straley was not taken into custody at the scene but was instead escorted by police to the Alpharetta City Jail, where he was booked on both misdemeanor charges before being released on bond.

Ailsie Straley was well known in Kingsport for both her business and her work with local charities and non-profit groups.

In addition to owning and operating Ailsie's Catering for 35 years, Ailsie Straley served as a board member for the Friends of Allandale, Netherland Inn Association and the American Cancer Society.

She also volunteered with organizations like Girls Inc., the Exchange Place, and Meals on Wheels, and was involved with various other philanthropic activities.

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