Attention paid to a cell phone (rather than to the task of driving) caused a driver to cross the centerline of Ware Street and resulted in a two-vehicle collision, injuring the driver of the other vehicle, said the Georgia State Patrol.
Cara Lynn Cousino, 44, of Blackshear, was injured in the 7:28 a.m. crash on Monday, said Donna Dismuke, GSP Waycross post secretary.
Cousino was taken by Pierce County Emergency Medical Service ambulance to Mayo Clinic Health System in Waycross for treatment of injuries she suffered in the accident, said Dismuke.
Stephen Robinson Bailey, 25, of Blackshear, was charged with failure to maintain a lane and no proof of insurance, Dismuke said.
Bailey’s 2011 Nissan Frontier was northbound on Ware Street when he looked at his cell phone, Dismuke said, and he crossed the centerline and entered the path of Cousino’s 2004 Lexus RX 330 sport utility vehicle.
Cousino steered to the right to try to avoid a collision but was unable to get out of the way of the Bailey truck, said Dismuke. After the vehicles collided, Bailey’s truck continued forward for 293 feet on Ware Street, coming to final rest across both lanes of the roadway.
Cousino’s SUV continued for 121 feet, crossed both lanes, spinning clockwise, entered the east shoulder for 37 feet continuing to rotate and then went in a backward motion for 42 feet before stopping.
Trooper Ray Strickland was in charge of the accident investigation.