HOBOKEN — A 7-year-old Nahunta boy was injured Saturday when he was ejected from a pickup truck as it overturned on the South Georgia Parkway just outside of Hoboken, said the Georgia State Patrol.
Carson Coger, 7, was totally ejected through the rear window, said Amanda Dixon, GSP Waycross post secretary.
He was taken by Brantley County ambulance to Mayo Clinic Health System in Waycross for treatment of facial injuries and knee pain, said Dixon.
A second child in the vehicle, Talyn Coger, 10, of Nahunta, was also taken by ambulance to Mayo Clinic Health System in Waycross. Dixon said he was not ejected.
The driver of the Chevrolet Silverado, Christopher Coger, 30, of Nahunta, was charged with violation of the seatbelt law, violation of the child restraint law for a child over 8 and a child under 8 and with distracted driving, said Dixon.
Headed west on the South Georgia Parkway, Coger was in the outside lane when he looked down because a baseball had hit his foot, and when he looked back up he was nearing a slow moving vehicle. Dixon said he took evasive action to keep from hitting the vehicle in front of him and his truck ran off the roadway. The truck left 44 feet of shadowing on the roadway caused by hard braking with the right tires before leaving the pavement.
Dixon said the truck then entered the north shoulder for 245 feet down a ditch, began to spin counterclockwise and overturned for 117 feet. While overturning, the truck hit a phone junction box with the right rear bed. The truck came to rest 40 feet north of the South Georgia Parkway upright and facing south, Dixon said.
Sgt. Terry Thrift investigated the 8:06 a.m. accident.