2007-03-14 / Front Page

It doesn't pay to get lost

by MCL Staff Writer

      One driver crawls out of the window of his truck while the other is checked by EMS personnel and taken by ambulance to the hospital ER. One driver crawls out of the window of his truck while the other is checked by EMS personnel and taken by ambulance to the hospital ER. Sometimes it just doesn't pay to get lost, especially in Colquitt.

On Friday, March 9, at 11:32 a.m., a call came into the 911 dispatcher that there had been a two vehicle collision at the corner of Geer and First streets. The dispatcher stated that it was reported that no one seemed injured.

Both vehicles were traveling north on First Street. Mary F. Hodges, 46, of Donalsonville was driving, the front vehicle, a 1994 Honda Accord.

Kenneth D. Reed, 30, of Semmes, AL, was driving his 1997 Dodge 1500 pickup truck in the rear of the Honda. Reed's pickup truck was pulling a trailer with a riding lawnmower on the trailer.

Reed stated that he was looking at a lap-top computer in his vehicle when he looked up and saw the Accord in the road in front of him stopped, getting ready to turn. The driver of the truck stated that he didn't have time to stop, and he attempted to miss the auto by going to the right on the sidewalk.

He struck the auto on the passenger side, causing moderate damage to her auto and moderate damage to his truck on the driver side.

The driver of the auto had a complaint of injury and was taken to the E.R. by ambulance, just a block away.

Both drivers were wearing their lap and shoulder belts when the accident occurred.

The motor vehicle accident report indicated that First Street was partially blocked for a time, and traffic had to be diverted around the accident until one ambulance and two wreckers cleared the scene.

The contributing factor causing the accident was listed as distracted, and attributed to Mr. Reed. The driver was checking his GPS to get directions for where he wanted to go. He said he had just turned off the voice that could have told him the auto was stopped in front.

Captain Daniel Stone was the investigating officer.

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