Douglas enterprise's website has the story combined with the other wreck. Here it is:Can someone please post a website or newspaper that has this story? I have been searching forever and cannot find anything. Thank you.
November 12, 2012 3:41 PM EST
Enterprise Staff Writer
Tragedy struck Douglas and Coffee County on early Thursday morning, November 8, when a five-year old child was killed in a two-vehicle traffic accident in Douglas. The child was not properly restrained and was partially ejected from the vehicle and later died as a result of injuries at Coffee Regional Medical Center. A separate accident occurred later on Thursday night near Broxton on the Old Fitzgerald Highway, which resulted in a two-year old having to be life-flighted to Savannah. The two-year old child was also not properly restrained at the time of the crash.
According to law enforcement officials, five-year old Tahj Campbell was traveling in a Chevrolet Impala early Thursday morning around 7:00 a.m. when his mother, 26-year old Angela Carter, swerved across three lanes of traffic and struck basically head on with a large Ford pickup truck on Highway 441 just in front of the Elk’s Lodge in Douglas.
Campbell, who was unrestrained, was partially ejected from the vehicle and later passed away as a result of injuries he sustained in the crash.
His mother, Angela Carter, was also taken to the hospital and treated for injuries.
The driver of the pickup truck, 70-year old Bernard Duncan from Florida, was not seriously injured.
Sadly, a child safety car seat was located in the backseat of the vehicle in which Campbell was traveling. An officer at the scene said the child “likely would not have been seriously injured” if he was properly restrained in the seat.
The Georgia State Patrol’s Specialized Collision Reconstruction Team came from Valdosta to investigate the crash later on Thursday.
It is not known if any charges will be filed in the case.
On Thursday evening around 5:00 p.m., another two-vehicle crash occurred outside of Broxton near Deberry Church on the Old Fitzgerald Highway.
Georgia State Patrol officials told The Enterprise on Friday morning that a Mitsubishi Montero SUV driven by 20-year old Rebecca Holcomb of Douglas failed to yield at a stop sign on the Old Fitzgerald Highway and was struck by a Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck driven by 57-year old Jerome Day. The impact caused the Mitsubishi SUV to overturn in a ditch, which resulted in a two-year old passenger being ejected from the vehicle.
State Patrol officials said the child was not properly restrained. State Patrol officials also said that there was a car seat in the vehicle, but it was not strapped in.
The two-year old child, the daughter of 18-year old April Worth, who was also a passenger in the SUV, was life-flighted to Savannah where she remains in stable but critical condition. Worth, Holcomb, and another passenger, 20-year old Nicole Torpea, in the SUV were not seriously injured.
Day also escaped serious injury, as did his 15-year old grandson, who was a passenger in the truck.
Individuals at the scene said immediately after the accident Day assisted those in the SUV and also refused any medical treatment until the two-year old was treated and taken to the hospital.
Charges in the accident are “pending,” according to GSP officials.
The Enterprise sends prayers and condolences to Campbell’s family and friends. The Enterprise also sends prayers to all those involved in the evening accident.