Two automobile accidents occurred this week, one on each end of the county. BCSO Capt. Mike Maxwell said these incidents should serve as an example for folks to use caution if they are hitting the road throughout this three-day Veteran’s Day weekend.
On Wednesday Nov. 7 at around 4:30 p.m., according to a BCSO incident report, Ellabell resident Tracy Boone was making a left hand turn from Hwy. 280 onto Olive Branch Road in Ellabell when she was struck by both an eastbound and westbound vehicle, driven by an Ellabell teen and Pembroke resident James Vangiller. The wreck remains under investigation by Maxwell.
Rescue workers arrived at the scene within minutes. Maxwell said the teen and Vangiller, who were both wearing their seat belts, suffered only minor injuries. Boone, who reportedly was not wearing hers, was transported by Life Star helicopter to Memorial Hospital in Savannah. She is currently in the intensive care unit where she is being treated for head injuries.
On Tuesday Nov. 6 at around 6 p.m., Grovetown, Ga. resident Patricia Tiedeman, 65, was traveling south on I-95. When she neared the Fort Stewart exit in Richmond Hill, witness statements on the incident report said she was traveling in the center lane when another vehicle veered toward her during an improper lane change.
Tiedeman quickly turned the wheel to avoid impact and lost control, hitting the guard rail and flipping her vehicle multiple times before coming to rest in the median.
The BCSO incident report also said Richmond Hill firefighters arrived within minutes to extract her from the vehicle. She was reportedly unconscious with several lacerations on her face and head. She was flown by Life Star helicopter to Memorial Hospital in Savannah.
She has since been discharged from Memorial.
Witnesses say the driver who allegedly caused the accident, a Hispanic male in a Ford F-150, stopped after the wreck but left before authorities arrived.