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Father, sons hit by truck, DUI charged
Victims are recovering
Children struck by truck
A stroller lies overturned near Honeyridge Lane after a man and his two sons were struck by a vehicle Monday night. The suspect in the incident is facing a DUI charge. - photo by Photo by Lewis Levine
A father and his two children who were hit by a vehicle on a Hinesville street just before 6 p.m. Monday will recover, according to Hinesville Traffic Investigator Max McLendon. The suspect will be charged with DUI.
The investigator said the victim, Raymondo Blackmon, 25, and his two boys, who are 1 year old and 10 months old, are recuperating from the accident, which occurred in the 600 block of Honeyridge Lane.
McLendon said Naree Bates, 54, who was driving a 2004 Ford Explorer pickup, made a wide turn from Ridgeland Drive into oncoming traffic on Honeyridge Lane. As Bates attempted to pull into the right lane she struck Blackmon and the children.
The 1-year-old child was walking beside his father and Blackmon was pushing the 10-month-old in a stroller.
The impact threw Blackmon and the children onto the grassy shoulder of the road. Bates’ vehicle rolled into a ditch, hit a concrete culvert and came to a stop in front of a home.
Blackmon and his children were treated at the scene and taken to Memorial Health University Medical Center in Savannah. Their conditions are unknown at this time, according to McLendon, who said injuries were not life-threatening.
The investigator said Bates is being charged with DUI, reckless driving and running a stop sign. She is being held at the Liberty County Regional Jail. Jassen Garett is the lead investigator and is being assisted by the Hinesville Police Traffic Accident Investigation Unit.
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