2011-04-06 / Front Page

Mother killed, two children injured in overturn here

by Terry Toole


The wreck scene indicated that the driver lost control of the vehicle she was driving and veered to the left right-of-way before going airborne and overturning. Trooper checks the damages after the vehicle is turned upright. Passengers were ejected from the crash. The wreck scene indicated that the driver lost control of the vehicle she was driving and veered to the left right-of-way before going airborne and overturning. Trooper checks the damages after the vehicle is turned upright. Passengers were ejected from the crash. A call came into Miller/Baker E911 Friday, April 1, at 7:39 a.m. that a vehicle had overturned on Johnny Freeman Road with injuries. Sheriff’s officers, EMS Ambulance service and Colquitt/ Miller Fire and Rescue were dispatched to the scene.

The accident occurred at approximately 7:40 a.m. as Ashley Lynnette Phillips, 23, of 332 Privett Road, Colquitt, was driving her two children to a school in Decatur County. She was driving a 2000 Mercury Villager minivan south on Johnny Freeman Road north of Colquitt in Miller County when she lost control of the vehicle, crossed the highway and struck an embankment.

According to reports, Ms. Phillips was traveling into a curve when she veered across to the east side and struck an embankment of a dirt road. The vehicle jumped to the other side of the dirt road and overturned approximately three times in the highway right-of-way on the left side of Johnny Freeman Road. As the vehicle was overturning, it ejected the driver through the driver’s side window. The driver information indicated that Ashley Lynette Phillips, 23, female, of 2550 E. Shotwell St., Lot 3, Bainbridge, was distracted by electronic communication devices. One of the children, Ericka Jalyn Wynn, 5, was ejected approximately 20 feet from the van into a pasture. The other daughter, Elaina Marie Wynn, 7, was ejected and was lying near the van. The van came to rest on the left side. Both the daughters lived at the Colquitt address with their mother. According to the incident report, none of the occupants were wearing seat belts.

Ms. Phillips was pronounced dead at the scene by Miller County Coroner Danny Sheffield at 8:35 a.m.

The youngest daughter, Ericka, 5, was taken to the Miller County Hospital complaining with back pain.

Elaina, 7, was transported to a Dothan, Alabama hospital with injuries to the head, neck and chest. According to family reports, Elaina was transferred to a Birmingham hospital to be treated for severe injuries of the head and neck.

Family members stated that the victim was five months pregnant, and was to go to her doctor last Monday to see what the sex of the child was.

The Miller County sheriff’s deputy at the wreck scene called the Georgia State Patrol to investigate the fatal accident.

An accident report indicated in the crash information that the incident occurred at the intersection of Clenney Hill Road and Johnny Freeman Road. Cpl. John VanLandingham Jr. of Post 14 in Colquitt was in charge of the accident investigation.

The vehicle was towed due to disabling damage to sides and top.

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