A 59-year-old Milledgeville woman has been arrested on criminal charges, including three counts of homicide by vehicle, stemming from an April 2 single-vehicle crash that killed three people on U.S. Highway 441 in Baldwin County.
Authorities say the woman responsible for the single-vehicle crash in front of Breckenridge Homes Inc. was driving under the influence of drugs at the time of the crash.
The victims killed in the wreck reportedly were from an assisted living facility in Putnam County.
The woman has been identified as Lisa Marie Williams, of the 100 block of Harrisburg Road, according to an arrest/booking report filed at the Baldwin County Sheriff’s Office.
Williams was taken into custody Tuesday by Deputy Meagan Pearson. The suspect was jailed at the Baldwin County Law Enforcement Center.
Warrants charge Williams with three counts of homicide by vehicle in the first degree, driving under the influence of drugs, serious injury by a vehicle, and failure to drive within a single lane.
Williams is accused of causing the deaths of Lizzie Reed, 68; Mahlon Ruff, 77; and Jesse Bryant, 29, authorities said. The deceased victims were all passengers in a 2003 Chevrolet Trailblazer being driven by Williams at the time of the crash. They were all pronounced dead at the scene by Baldwin County Chief Deputy Coroner Ken Garland and Deputy Coroner Foster Hurt.
Williams, along with another passenger, Wanda Perry, 55, of Parks Mill Road in Putnam County, were injured in the wreck. The two were treated for their injuries at The Medical Center Navicent Health in Macon.
Georgia State Patrol Senior Trooper Patrick Brantley investigated the crash, along with Trooper First Class 3 Patrick Prosser, who is a member of the GSP’s Specialized Collision Reconstruction Team (SCRT).
Brantley said in his wreck report that Williams was traveling north on Ga. Route 24 (or U.S. Highway 441) near the intersection of Williamsburg Road when she lost control of the SUV. The SUV crossed over the center turn lane and both southbound lanes.
“The vehicle exited the roadway onto the west shoulder and struck the mailbox at 2978 N. Columbia St. with the driver’s side mirror,” Brantley said in his report.
The SUV traveled down an embankment and along a ditch before it struck the embankment with its front end.
It caused the SUV to overturn onto its top, the trooper said.