A two-car collision Friday night in Hinesville sent three people to the hospital and snarled rush-hour traffic near the intersection of Frank Cochran Drive and South Main Street for hours.
Hinesville Traffic Accident Investigator Sgt. Mike Mooney said the accident happened shortly after 6 p.m. Gloria Pacheco of Hinesville was driving a 2004 Chevy Trailblazer east on Frank Cochran when Robert J. Oliver, who lives in Long County, tried to make a left turn onto South Main from the westbound lane of Frank Cochran in his 1990 Acura Integra. He pulled out in front of Pacheco and the vehicles collided, according to the investigator.
“It appears the Trailblazer drove up onto the hood and roof of the Acura before it overturned on its side,” Mooney said.
Oliver was the only passenger in the Acura. Pacheco’s mother, Maria Fragosa, 63, and her nephew, Kai Cordero, 6, were with Pacheco in the Trailblazer. Firefighters used straps to stabilize the Trailblazer to keep it from rolling over before they employed the Jaws of Life to extract Fragosa from the passenger side.
Fragosa, Mooney said, suffered a fractured wrist, sternum and a knee injury. She was flown by Life Star to Savannah’s Memorial Health University Medical Center. She is expected to have surgery on her sternum.
Oliver broke his leg and fractured his arm in the accident. He also was flown to Memorial in Savannah. Pacheco sustained lacerations to her arms and a whiplash injury. She was treated at Liberty Regional Medical Center and has been released from the hospital. Cordero was not injured.
On Saturday morning, before heading to Savannah to visit her mother, Pacheco said they had gone to the pharmacy to pick up
a prescription on Friday night.
She said she commented to her mother that motorists in the
area were driving erratically. Ten minutes later, the accident occurred.
The accident still is under investigation and charges may be filed against Oliver, Mooney said.