Lisa Marie Williams

A 59-year-old Milledgeville woman has been indicted by a Baldwin County grand jury in the deaths of three people stemming from an April 2 single-vehicle crash on U.S. Highway 441 near Lake Sinclair in Baldwin County.

Authorities contend the woman was under the influence of drugs and was in possession of cocaine at the time she killed three people from an assisted living facility in Putnam County. The defendant was driving an SUV at the time, and those killed were all passengers.

Although injured, the driver and another passenger survived the crash.

Grand jurors returned a 13-count indictment against Lisa Marie Williams, of the 100 block of Harrisburg Road, on Monday, according to court records.

The defendant was arrested and charged in connection with the fatal crash last August. 

Williams was indicted on six counts of homicide by vehicle in the first degree, two counts of serious injury by a vehicle, Violation of the Georgia Controlled Substances Act for possession of cocaine, driving under the influence of a controlled substance, driving under the influence, less safe, drugs, reckless driving, and failure to maintain lane.

Williams is accused of causing the deaths of Lizzie Reed, 68, Mahlon Ruff, 77, and Jesse Bryant, 29, all of whom resided at an assisted living facility in neighboring Putnam County.

All three of three, along with Wanda Perry, 55, of Parks Mill Road in Putnam County, were passengers in a 2003 Chevrolet Trailblazer driven by Williams, according to a report filed by Senior Trooper Patrick Brantley of the Georgia State Patrol post in Milledgeville.

Williams and Perry were treated at the scene of the crash by firefighters/first responders from Baldwin County Fire Rescue and personnel from Grady Emergency Medical Services, as well as Air Evac helicopter personnel. The two injured women were later flown from the scene to The Medical Center, Navicent Health in Macon.

The crash happened on U.S. Highway 441 or what also is known as Ga. Route 24 near the intersection of Williamsburg Road.

Brantley said Williams lost control of the SUV, crossed over the center turn lane and then both southbound lanes.

The investigating trooper said the SUV left the roadway on the west shoulder and struck a mailbox at 2978 N. Columbia St. with its side mirror.

The SUV then traveled down an embankment and along ditch before it struck an embankment with the front end of the vehicle.

The fatal crash happened in front of Breckenridge Homes Inc.

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