The drivers involved were 21-year-old Joshua Brett Druce, of Griffin, who was driving a Dodge Dakota pickup truck, and 33-year-old Kecia Marlene Bailey, of Forsyth, who was driving a Hyundai.
“All I know is it’s a Hyundai. I can’t tell you any more than that,” said Trooper Michael Burns, of the Georgia State Patrol Griffin Post. “The only way I can tell is because the Hyundai emblem is still on the hood. There’s just so much damage, I won’t be able to tell what it is until the wrecker pulls it out.”
According to Burns, the wreck was the result of Druce crossing into Bailey’s lane of travel.
“Basically, all I know right now is that the truck came into this person’s (Bailey’s) lane. She was going eastbound and he was going westbound,” he said. “That’s based on roadway evidence. A lot of it is still under investigation.”
Bailey’s injuries were extensive enough to require transport to Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta by Emory Lifeflight.
“He (Druce) was also injured, but he was taken to Spalding Regional. The extent of their injuries I don’t know,” he said.
The first person on the scene following the wreck, Klinton Gilpin, reported Druce was attempting to exit his vehicle when he arrived.
“He was trying to get out, but his door was jammed, so I helped him out. He started running down the road, so I realized there was another car involved,” Gilpin said. “We got down there and he was checking on her, making sure she was all right. That’s when I realized his foot was in really bad shape, so I helped him up to the road to sit down.”
Burns said charges against Druce are pending, based on the outcome of the investigation.