A Milledgeville man and his mother were injured in a two-car crash involving a state trooper on U.S. Highway 441 in Baldwin County on Thursday night.
The mishap was the fault of the state trooper, authorities said.
It happened shortly after 7 p.m. in front of the Los Magueyes Mexican restaurant.
Sgt. First Class Robbie Roberson, who also is commander of the Georgia State Patrol post in Milledgeville identified the victims as 19-year-old Keandre Parks and his mother, Lynette Harris, 41, both of Milledgeville.
They were treated at the scene of the crash by firefighters/first responders with Baldwin County Fire Rescue, and personnel with Grady Emergency Medical Services. They later were taken by ambulance to the emergency room of Navicent Health Baldwin hospital in Milledgeville.
Both of them complained of various injuries, Roberson said.
“The mother had a complaint of right leg pain, and her son had complaints of back and neck pain,” Roberson told The Union-Recorder during a telephone interview Friday morning.
The trooper involved in the crash, meanwhile, was identified as Trooper First Class Tyler Easter, according to Roberson. Easter is assigned to the Milledgeville GSP post.
“He’s (Easter) sore,” Roberson said. “He’s got a cut on one of his left hand fingers, and a scrape on his right arm.”
Roberson said Easter was headed north. He later got into the turn-lane to make a lefthand turn into the parking lot of the Mexican restaurant, but crossed into the path of the oncoming car.
The Mitsubishi Eclipse, which was being driven by Parks, was in the left southbound lane at the time, he said.
The impact of the crash spun Parks’ car around in the roadway.
Both cars, including the trooper’s Dodge Charger, sustained extensive damages. The Eclipse received heavy front-end damages, while the Charger’s damages were confined to the right passenger side.
Roberson said Cpl. Cal Barton investigated the crash.
“There’s no question about what happened,” Roberson said, noting there would be no charges filed in connection with the wreck. “The accident report will show failure to yield while turning left.”