2018-02-28 / Front Page

A Dangerous Corner to Enter Square

by Terry Toole

Another wreck at Main and First Street. Another wreck at Main and First Street. A two vehicle accident occurred Friday, February 23, 2018, at approximately 12:20 p.m. at the intersection of First Street and Main Street. Colquitt Police Department, Miller County Fire and Rescue and Miller County EMS responded to the scene of the accident.

The report states that Fay Dorothy Skipper, 80, of 985 Newberry Chambers Road, Colquitt, had stopped at the stop sign on Main Street facing west.

Deborah Langston Love, 58, of 8185 Hill Drive, Donalsonville, was traveling north on 1st Street with no stop sign.

The GSP crash report indicated that Mrs. Skipper failed to yield to Ms. Langston Love, resulting in Langston Love striking

Skipper’s 2003 Ford pickup on the driver’s side with her 2016 Jeep Patriot Sport.

Mrs. Skipper stated that she could not see Ms. Love coming because her vision was obscured by the buildings and cars to her left.

Both passengers in Love’s vehicle, Shayla Yvette Tiggs, 19, and Zykyria Griffin, 19, both of 5828 Eastside Drive, Austell, were taken by Miller County EMS to the Miller County Emergency Room for non-life-threatening injuries.

Both vehicles were driven from the scene by the owners.

Georgia State Patrol Trooper First Class Darren Heard of the Georgia State Patrol Post 14, Colquittt, was the reporting officer. Based on the judgment of the investigating officer, the crash was due to Mrs. Skipper’s failure to yield right of way to Ms. Langston Love’s vehicle.

This accident was not an unusual occurrence since coming onto the square in Colquitt poses danger. In fact, every entrance onto the city square is a dangerous intersection. Some now think the southwest corner just got even more dangerous with multiple traffic signs and white lines blocking over one-half the street that last week moved traffic on the south side of the square.

It has been noted that when the traffic lights were taken down, entering the square became more hazardous because buildings and cars parked near the intersections obstruct the view. Even if the driver with the stop sign does stop and then proceed, visibility may not be adequate enough to avoid a crash.

The Georgia Department of Transportation declares that they are in charge of the traffic on the square and around since they are state highways.

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