2009-05-06 / Front Page

One injured in rollover on U.S. Hwy. 27

Seatbelt paid off
by MCL staff writer

Driver injured in one vehicle accident with numerous roll-overs. Driver injured in one vehicle accident with numerous roll-overs. If ever there was a time when wearing the seat belt paid, it was this accident.

On Friday, May 1, at approximately 7:00 p.m., an accident occurred on U.S. Highway 27/GA 1 just south of Whites Bridge Road.

Miller County E911 was called, and sheriff's officers, fire and rescue units, and ambulance service were dispatched to the scene.

Montrez Kelly, 19, of 302 N. 1st Street, Colquitt, was driving a 1993 Ford Explorer south on U.S. Highway 27/GA 1.

According to the accident report, the vehicle entered the grass median, it then re-entered the southbound lanes. The vehicle then began to overturn a number of times in the southbound lanes. It came to an uncontrolled final rest in the southbound lane facing north.

The driver, Montrez Kelly, the only occupant involved in the accident, was trapped inside the vehicle.

Kelly stated that the steering wheel failed and would not turn, causing him to lose control.

Due to the damage done to the vehicle, the investigating trooper was unable to verify the operation of the steering.

Officers on the scene stated that wearing his lap and shoulder belt very possibly saved the driver's life. When vehicles overturn, as this one did, and seat belts are not worn, the occupants are usually ejected, and the vehicle rolls over them.

Colquitt/Miller County Fire and Rescue Units used the Jaws of Life to get into the vehicle. Kelly was treated at the scene and taken by ambulance to the local hospital with visible injuries.

According to investigating officer, TFC2 J. C. Roberts, the contributing cause of the accident was due to the driver lost control.

The damage to the vehicle was extensive. It was removed by wrecker. The vehicle was owned by Cristi Y. Gray of 105 Ryan Ct. Bainbridge.

No citations were issued in the accident.

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