A single-vehicle accident Thursday on South Main Street in Hinesville damaged the brick that surrounds the historic Liberty jail.
Shortly after 5 p.m., the driver of a white Chevy sedan lost control of the car. The vehicle rolled over and struck the brick wall at the landmark, causing significant damage to the southern portion of the jail’s exterior wall.
According to Hinesville Police traffic-accident investigator Richard Boucher, an unidentified couple in the vehicle had been involved in an altercation. At one point, the woman exited the vehicle in the parking lot of The Heritage Bank on South Main Street. After a few moments, she got back into the 2010 Chevy Aveo.
As the male driver pulled onto the roadway heading in the direction of the old courthouse, the woman jerked the steering wheel to the right, causing the vehicle to hit the brick wall. When the vehicle struck the wall, it rolled over once and landed upright.
The driver received minor injuries and was treated at the scene. The woman was airlifted to Memorial Health University Medical Center in Savannah, where her condition is unknown.
The driver will be charged with failure to exercise due care, while charges are pending against the woman.
The Courier is expected to receive an update later today from Liberty County Commissioner Donald Lovette regarding plans for the wall. The damaged portion includes bricks that date back to 1892 when the structure was originally built.