A head-on collision between a car and a Jeep on Lakeside Drive in Milledgeville on Friday night claimed the life of a 17-year-old senior at Baldwin High School.
The crash also injured three other people, one of whom was seriously hurt and was flown by helicopter to an area trauma center, local authorities say.
The collision happened in the 200 block of Lakeside Drive in the Carrington Woods subdivision, according to Milledgeville Police Department Road Patrol Commander Maj. Linc Boyer.
The victim was identified as Chelsa Hurt, of Milledgeville.
Hurt was pronounced dead at the wreck scene, Boyer said in a press release.
Hurt was a passenger in a 2011 Mazda3i driven by Contravious Phelps, 23, of Milledgeville.
Phelps was treated at the scene by firefighters/first responders with Milledgeville Fire Rescue and personnel with Grady Emergency Medical Services. He later was flown by an Air Evac helicopter to Atrium Health Navicent, The Medical Center in Macon.
A preliminary investigation conducted by Milledgeville Police Sgt. Thomas Smith indicated that Phelps was traveling eastbound on Lakeside Drive. For unknown reasons, the driver cross the centerline and collided head-on with a 2020 Jeep Wrangler, whose driver was traveling westbound on Lakeside Drive at the same time.
The Jeep was driven by Joanna Smith, 41, of Milledgeville.
Smith and a passenger, identified as a local middle schooler, sustained minor injuries, according to the press release.
The fatal wreck remains under investigation by the Milledgeville Police Department.
Boyer said he contacted Baldwin County School Superintendent Dr. Noris Price and the high school principal about what had happened Saturday morning.
Officials at Baldwin High School issued the following statement related to the wreck:
“The BHS family is hurting deeply today, as we mourn the loss of one of our seniors, Chelsa Hurt, who passed unexpectedly this weekend. A shining light within our school and classrooms, Chelsa will be missed by one and all, and we are praying for her family, friends, teachers, classmates in this difficult time.”
Grief counselors will be available at the school all week.