A Hoboken woman was hit by a car and killed Sunday night while she was walking in the center turn lane of the South Georgia Parkway (Brunswick Highway), said Ware County Sheriff Randy Royal.
Mattie Virginia Herrin, 23, of Hoboken, died at the scene of the 8:53 p.m. accident, Royal said.
She parked her car in a parking lot at Woodard Chapel Church and then began walking eastbound down the center turn lane of the five-lane highway, said Royal.
He said she was hit by a car driven by Donald L. Aycock, 81, of Waycross. His 2005 Ford Taurus was eastbound on the South Georgia Parkway in the vicinity of Woodard Avenue when he switched lanes and entered the turn lane to make a left turn onto Blount Road, Royal said, adding that Aycock did not see the woman in the road.
The keys to Herrin’s car were found on her person and lawmen do not know if the car had experienced mechanical problems, the sheriff said, but she was walking toward Griffin’s Mini Mall (convenience store) when she was struck, Royal said.
Georgia State Patrol troopers Sgt. Terry Thrift, Cpl. Gentry Mattox and Ware County Cpl. Bill Thomas were in charge of the accident investigation, which has since been turned over to the GSP State Collision Reconstruction Team (SCRT).
In an unrelated one-vehicle accident on U.S. 1 South near Connors Road, a driver was critically injured Sunday and was taken by helicopter to UF Health Jacksonville for treatment of his injuries, said Royal.
Dennard Lee Scoggins, 75, of Macon, driving a 2004 Cadillac Deville, was northbound on U.S. 1 South when the car left the roadway, ran through the median, crossed the southbound lanes and struck a guide wire to a power pole, Royal said. He said the accident caused extensive damage to the car.
When he was reached, the driver was conscious and responsive but could not recall what had happened, Royal said.
GSP Trooper Myles Cooper was in charge of the accident investigation, assisted by Deputy Dee Brown.
Ware County Fire Department personnel used extrication tools to free the driver from the car and then set up a landing zone for the helicopter at about 2:45 p.m.
Meanwhile, a Jacksonville, Fla. man (formerly of Waycross) was seriously injured Sunday when his sport utility vehicle went out of control, struck a culvert and overturned numerous times on U.S. 1 North near Training Center Road, said Royal.
William Clinton McCleskey, 62, of Jacksonville, Fla. was taken by Ware County ambulance to a nearby site where a medical helicopter had landed to transport him to UF Health Jacksonville, said Royal.
Driving a 2012 Nissan Juke, McCleskey was southbound on U.S. 1 when the vehicle ran off the west side of the roadway and continued south in a ditch. Royal said the vehicle struck a culvert, vaulted, struck the ground and then overturned numerous times. The driver was thrown into the back seat of the vehicle and was non-responsive but breathing when first-responders arrived.
Ware County Fire Department personnel led by Capt. Brian Varnadore used the Hurst “Jaws-of-Life” extrication tools to free the man from the wrecked vehicle. Royal said he remained unconscious while EMTs rendered aid. His condition remains unknown but critical this morning, Royal said.
Trooper Cooper investigated the 11:50 a.m. crash, assisted by Ware Sgt. Michael Merritt.