Four people including a 6-month-old baby were injured, one of them seriously, Wednesday when a driver reached down to answer a cell phone and lost control of her vehicle, causing it to crash and overturn on Jamestown Road at Charlie Ferguson Road, said Ware County Sheriff Randy Royal.
The driver, Jacqueline Simms, 51, of Worth Street, Alma, was stabilized by Ware County Emergency Medical Service Technicians, then transported to a cleared area along U.S. 1 where the Ware County Fire Department had made arrangements for a medical helicopter to land. Royal said she was flown to UF Health in Jacksonville, Fla., for treatment.
The other three injured people were passengers in her car, a 2008 Chevrolet Aveo, Royal said. Kiera Oliver, 25, Ternanique O’Neal, 23, and Ky’on O’Neal, 6 months, were taken by private vehicle by an off-duty nurse to Mayo Clinic Health System in Waycross for treatment of various injuries including one sprained arm, abrasions, knee injuries and a contusion on the baby’s head.
Simms was traveling south on Jamestown Road when she reached down to answer her ringing phone, Royal said. He said the car ran off the side of the roadway and as she corrected her steering, the car then veered to the west side of the highway where it left the road, spinning counterclockwise through a ditch and striking an embankment with the rear passenger side. The car then overturned, coming to rest upright. The vehicle had extensive damage, Royal said.
Georgia State Patrol Trooper Josh Taylor investigated the 1:21 p.m. accident. He was assisted by Deputy Tony Youmans.