BLACKSHEAR — A driver was seriously injured Saturday when the pickup truck he was driving went out of control on Old River Road and crashed, ejecting the driver, said the Georgia State Patrol.
Jose Reyes Quevezo, 38, of Blackshear, was taken by medical helicopter to UF Health in Jacksonville for treatment of his injuries, said Amanda Dixon, GSP Waycross post secretary.
His passenger, Joshua Pulliam, 29, of Blackshear, escaped without injury.
Dixon said Pulliam told investigators neither he nor the driver was wearing a seatbelt and that both had been drinking alcohol prior to the 8:04 p.m. crash.
Quevezo is charged with driving under the influence, possession of marijuana, possession of drug related objects, driving without a license, violation of the seatbelt law and failure to maintain a lane, said Dixon.
Driving a Chevrolet Silverado, Quevezo was southbound on Old River Road when he entered a curve to the right.
Dixon said the truck partially entered the northbound lane and that the driver over-corrected, causing the truck to go out of control. The truck began to skid to the right for about 161 feet, rotated counterclockwise for 61 feet and left the roadway on the east side.
The truck then entered a ditch, striking the ditch with the front of the truck and vaulting for 76 feet, striking the ground with the right side of the truck, Dixon said. It then overturned numerous times for 104 feet, she said. The truck came to final rest 72 feet from the edge of the roadway, Dixon said. The driver was ejected 21 feet from where the truck landed, said Dixon.
Trooper Ray Strickland was in charge of the investigation.