Two people were injured Wednesday in a fiery rear-end collision on the South Georgia Parkway near its intersection with Thomas Trail, said the Georgia State Patrol.
One driver, Jayla Nicole Davis, 14, of Crawford Street, and a passenger, Vanessa McQuaig, 56, of Millwood, were taken by Ware County Emergency Medical Service ambulance to Mayo Clinic Health System in Waycross for treatment of their injuries, said Amanda Dixon, GSP Waycross post secretary.
According to a preliminary report from Ware County Sheriff Randy Royal, Davis, though under-age and unlicensed, was driving a 1999 Toyota Tacoma and had stopped in the inside lane of the South Georgia Parkway, eastbound, as a 2011 Chevrolet Malibu driven by Phillip Edwin Roberson, 34, of Blackshear, approached from the rear.
Royal said Roberson told lawmen he did not see any tail lights on the pickup truck before his vehicle struck the rear of the Davis truck.
On impact, the Davis truck erupted into flames. Royal said a passer-by stopped, extinguished the blaze and helped make sure the two occupants were safe from the wreckage, then left as quickly as he arrived. He did not have any identification on the good samaritan.
Trooper Merritt Meeks, who investigated the crash, cited McQuaig for allowing an unlicensed minor to operate a vehicle, said Dixon.
No further information was available as the official report had not been completed this morning.