Three people were injured Sunday in a two-vehicle collision on the Valdosta Highway when one driver made a left turn into the path of an oncoming vehicle, said Ware County Sheriff Randy Royal.
Patricia Ann Balwanz, 62, of Minnesota Avenue, was taken by ambulance for treatment of injuries she sustained in the 4:52 p.m. accident, said Royal. While en route to the hospital, Royal said she suffered a heart attack as well.
Natqua Shayteria Wiggs, 22, of Albert Street, Folkston, was taken by ambulance to Mayo Clinic-Waycross as well, said Royal. Quantoria Jernigan, 22, of Union Street, Folkston, a passenger in the Wiggs vehicle, was taken by ambulance to Ware County High School parking lot where a helicopter was waiting to fly her to UF Health Jacksonville for treatment of serious injuries, said Royal, including broken bones.
Balwanz, driving a 2009 Toyota Prius, was eastbound on the Valdosta Highway, attempting to make a left turn onto New Mexico Avenue. Royal said she turned into the path of a 2008 Chrysler Sebring driven by Wiggs, who was westbound on the Valdosta Highway. The Wiggs car struck the Balwanz vehicle as it was turning.
Both vehicles had extensive damage, Royal said.
Deputy Devon Rios was in charge of the accident investigation.
Meanwhile, one person was slightly injured Friday in a two-vehicle accident at the intersection of the South Georgia Parkway and Victory Drive, said Waycross Police Capt. Tommy Cox.
A 17-year-old woman of Waycross, one of the drivers, complained of injury after the 7:47 a.m. accident but declined medical attention, Cox said. (Cox said a new law forbids the issuance of names of people who are or have been in the juvenile court system.)
Driving a 2007 Ford Fusion, she was westbound on the South Georgia Parkway attempting to turn left onto Victory Drive. Cox said a 2003 Lexus driven by Allison Taylor, 19, of Waycross, was eastbound on the South Georgia Parkway in the outside lane. Taylor’s car collided with the other car in the intersection, Cox said.
The unnamed woman was charged with failure to yield to oncoming traffic, Cox said.
Officer Chase Deloach was in charge of the investigation.