Two hit-and-run accidents over the weekend, one of which caused injury to two people, ended with the offending drivers behind bars facing multiple charges, including driving under the influence, authorities said.
Saturday’s rear-end collision on Satilla Boulevard at Ava Street sent two people to the ER. Lonzey Jones, 64, of Waycross, and a passenger, Kevin Reed, 16, were taken by Ware County Emergency Medical Service ambulance to Mayo Clinic Health System in Waycross for treatment of injuries, said Waycross Police Capt. Tommy Cox.
Jones, driving a 2015 Chrysler van, was stopped at a stop sign on Satilla Boulevard at the intersection with Ava Street.
Cox said a 1998 Ford Explorer driven by Clarissa Blackshear, 37, of Waycross, approached from behind and struck the rear of the Jones vehicle and then fled the scene.
The vehicle was later located and Blackshear was arrested, charged with driving under the influence, leaving the scene of an accident and following too closely behind another vehicle, said Cox.
Officer Casey Caswell investigated the 11:50 p.m. accident, said Cox.
Another hit-and-run collision at 12:19 a.m. Sunday resulted in the arrest of the offending driver after she later was stopped by a Ware County deputy and turned over to Waycross law enforcement authorities, said Cox.
Christian Najera, 25, of Washington Avenue, driving a 1999 Ford Mustang, backed into a 2004 Chevrolet Malibu driven by Rickyia Howard, 23, of Waycross, at a parking lot in the 500 block of the South Georgia Parkway, said Cox. Nobody was injured, he said. He said Najera fled after causing the collision.
A lookout was posted and a Ware County deputy saw the car as it made a wide right turn off the South Georgia Parkway onto Fulford Road. Deputy Craig Colley made a traffic stop and held the driver until Waycross police could respond.
Cox said Officer Tyler Westcott arrived and took