HOBOKEN — Two people were injured Tuesday when a driver failed to stop at a red traffic light at the intersection of the South Georgia Parkway and Georgia 121 causing two cars to collide here, said the Georgia State Patrol.
This was the third such accident at that intersection in recent weeks, according to the GSP.
One driver, Pamela Fowler, 46, of Hoboken, and one of her passengers, Brittany Davis, 28, of Hoboken, were taken by Brantley County ambulance to Mayo Clinic Health System in Waycross for treatment of injuries they suffered in the 2:54 p.m. crash, said Amanda Dixon, GSP Waycross post secretary.
A second passenger in the vehicle, Blayden Davis, 7, of Hoboken, was not injured, said Dixon.
The other car’s driver, Jonathan Davis, 28, of Blackshear, and his passenger, Brooklyn Davis, 9, escaped without injury, said Dixon.
Driving a Toyota Camry, Fowler was westbound on the South Georgia Parkway in the outside lane, approaching the intersection. Fowler failed to stop at the red traffic light and her car struck the side of a Mercury Sable driven by Jonathan Davis, Dixon said, knocking the Davis vehicle into a nearby parking lot.
Fowler was charged with failure to obey a traffic control device, said Dixon.
Sgt. Terry Thrift, post commander at the Waycross GSP post, said a lot of people are being careless and neglecting to obey the traffic lights.
“They may see it turn yellow and think to themselves ‘I can make it’ and go right through it,” said Thrift. “People are actually trying to beat the red light.”
Thrift said this was the third traffic accident at this specific intersection “… in the last little while.” The intersection, he said, is clean and gives good vision for all directions.
“The sight is clear,” Thrift said.
Georgia 121 north and south is “clean on both sides of the road-way at the intersection and beyond,” Thrift said. And the South Georgia Parkway (U.S. 82) is a five-lane roadway with clearance on either side of the roadway.
“People seem to be in too big a hurry,” Thrift said. “They are not paying attention to the red lights and that is what is causing most of these accidents at that particular crossing.”
Thrift urges drivers to slow down, watch the traffic light and look in all directions before entering the intersection, to make sure the roadway is clear before entering the lanes of traffic.
Trooper Jerry Taylor was the investigating officer.