A two-car collision Thursday on Hwy. 144 in Tattnall County killed five people and left a child in critical condition, according to Georgia State Patrol Trooper Denney Garner.
The accident happened around 4 p.m. on Hwy. 144 about a mile outside of Fort Stewart, near Glennville. An Isuzu Trooper, driven by a male who had a male passenger with him, apparently crossed into the path of a woman driving her three grandchildren in a Chevy pickup truck, Garner said.
The woman took evasive action to keep from getting hit, but the Isuzu veered back into the Chevy driver’s lane, hitting the pickup head on.
The driver of the Isuzu, 22-year-old Jose Antonio Robles-Vera, was killed and his lone passenger, Pedro Juan Robles, was flown by helicopter to Memorial Health University Medical Center in Savannah, where he later was pronounced dead, according to the GSP trooper. Authorities said both men were from St. Simons Island but did not know if they were related.
The driver of the pickup truck, Janis McCurdy of Glennville, and two young passengers – 7-year-old Mollie McCurdy and 2-year-old Spencer McCurdy, both of Townsend – also died.
Nine-year-old Turner McCurdy of Townsend survived the crash and was taken to Memorial Health University Medical Center in Savannah.
Mollie McCurdy and Turner McCurdy were students at First Christian Academy in Richmond Hill. All three children were Janice McCurdy's grandchildren.
Authorities said blood samples taken from both drivers showed no evidence that either was intoxicated.
The Associated Press contributed to this article.