Four people were injured in a hit-and-run accident Thursday on the South Georgia Parkway at its intersection with Crawford Street, said Waycross Police Capt. Benji Hersey.
Two of the injured, driver Keisa Atkins, 30, of Waycross, and her passenger, 7-year-old Semaj Hightower, were taken by ambulance to Memorial Satilla Health Waycross for treatment, said Hersey. The other two who complained of injury, driver James McCarty, 63, of Waycross, and his passenger, Sylvia Burnam, 59, declined transport to the hospital, said Hersey.
McCarty, driving a 1997 Mercury Marquis, was eastbound on the South Georgia Parkway. He drove away after the crash, but was apprehended on Mary Street and charged with hit-and-run, said Hersey. He was being held in the Ware County jail.
Driving a 2008 Saturn Aurora, Atkins was southbound on Crawford Street, making a left turn into the center turn lane of the South Georgia Parkway. Also turning left onto the parkway was Taylor, driving a 2017 Honda Civic.
As the two began to merge with traffic, Atkins’ car, struck the McCarty car, causing that car to strike the rear of the Taylor vehicle.
Atkins and McCarty were cited for improper use of a turn lane, said Hersey.
Officer Jennifer Crapps investigated the 5:54 p.m. accident.