ALMA — A mother and her 5-year-old son were killed Thursday in a two-vehicle crash at the intersection of West 4th Street Extension and Friendship Church Road in northwest Bacon County, said the Georgia State Patrol.
Kristen Nicole Lewis, 28, and Andrew Mason Lewis, 5, both died from their injuries while en route to a hospital, said Sgt. Terry Thrift, GSP Waycross post secretary.
The boy was ejected from the rear seat and his mother was ejected from the front seat of the vehicle in which both were passengers, Thrift said.
Justin Taylor, 26, driving a 2013 Dodge Challenger, was northbound on West 4th Street Extension. Jerid Todd Taft, 27, driving a 2005 Chevrolet Impala, was westbound on Friendship Church Road, with the two passengers in the car, said Thrift.
Taft, who was alone in his vehicle, failed to stop at the stop sign on Friendship Road and drove into the path of Taylor’s Challenger. Thrift said Taylor’s car struck the driver side passenger compartment of Taft’s Impala.
After the initial impact, Taft’s car spun around and overturned “violently” while ejecting all three of the “unrestrained” occupants.
Kristen Nicole Lewis was taken from the scene in a helicopter, which landed at Wayne Memorial Hospital in Jesup because of complications she waas suffering en route to Savannah, said Thrift. There she was pronounced dead.
Thrift said the 5-year-old boy was taken to Bacon County Memorial Hospital where he died. The drivers were treated there as well.
Taft sustained significant upper body and facial injuries, Thrift said, while Taylor suffered upper body injuries.
Sgt. Thrift was in charge of the 2:39 p.m. accident investigation, which has been turned over to the GSP Specialized Reconstruction Team. Thrift said charges are expected to be filed once the investigation is concluded.