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impact, Taylor’s vehicle traveled 88 feet northward and struck a sign and cable wire adjacent to the roadway before coming to an uncontrolled rest with her vehicle facing eastward on the right shoulder of SR 15. Bell’s truck continued to travel north for 81 feet before striking a curve and rotating clock-wise. He eventually came to an uncontrolled final rest also facing eastward on the right shoulder of SR 15.
Taylor was pronounced dead at the scene, and a blood alcohol and/or drug test has been submitted to determine if any substance usage contributed to the accident, but the results have not been disclosed by GSP. Bell was uninjured in the crash, but a passenger in his vehicle, Victor Hester, 63, of Woodbine, was taken to Memorial Health Meadows Hospital by Toombs-Montgomery EMS for possible injury.
This accident is not the first of its kind at this intersection, as husband and wife David and Patty Winge were traveling south on SR 15 in 2019 when an eastbound pickup truck ran the stop sign and tboned the couple, causing them to continue to travel through the Higgston Baptist Church sign adjacent to the intersection. The couple both succumbed to their injuries from the crash.
According to the Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT), 75% of all traffic crashes in Georgia were reported to occur at or adjacent to intersections, as of 2019. State highway intersections, such as the intersection at Higgston, are controlled by the State Highway System, which is monitored by GDOT, making any alteration to the intersection subject to approval approved by the governing authority.