A 2-year-old was thrown out of a car and into a major highway following a collision between a car and pickup truck on Tuesday afternoon in Baldwin County, authorities say.
The crash happened shortly before 5 p.m. near the Waffle House and Circle K convenience store on Ga. Route 24, also known as U.S. Highway 441, near Lake Sinclair.
Authorities said traffic was snarled in both southbound lanes of the four-lane highway for about 90 minutes. Cars and trucks were brought to a standstill and backed up from Baldwin County into neighboring Putnam County for more than two miles.
Sgt. Kevin Pope, acting commander of the Georgia State Patrol post in Milledgeville, said the crash happened when the driver of a black Ford Mustang pulled out of the Waffle House and onto the highway and was struck by a pickup truck.
The woman driving the Mustang was identified as Dezeree Ingle, 30, of Milledgeville.
Ingle pulled out of the Waffle House to go south on 441, back toward Milledgeville, when the collision happened.
“The front of the pickup truck actually hit the front right corner, up around the tire area of the Mustang,” Pope said. “It wasn’t a traditional T-bone accident in the door. This one was up in the righthand corner of the passenger side of the car.”
The pickup truck, a 2008 Chevrolet Silverado, was driven by Michael Mixon, 53, of Eatonton.
Mixon also was traveling southbound in the left lane of Ga. Route 24, according to Cpl. Steven Stone, who investigated the wreck.
Pope said Ingle failed to yield.
After impact, the car rotated counterclockwise, causing the right rear side of the car to strike the left rear side of the truck, Pope said.
“Basically, it kind of spun it around,” he said.
The car came to rest in the center turn lane, facing north.
During the crash, a child was ejected from the car and landed in the roadway, Pope said.
“There was a car seat in the car, but the child was not buckled in it,” he pointed out. “Luckily, the little boy was not seriously injured.”
The child, as well as the drivers of both vehicles, were treated at the scene by firefighters/first responders with Baldwin Fire Rescue and personnel from Grady Emergency Medical Services.
Ingle was charged with failure to yield right-of-way and Violation of the Georgia Child Restraint Law, records show.