Six people were injured in a two-car accident on Leroy Coffer Highway Thursday afternoon, according to GSP Trooper Harry Middleton.
He said one child was ejected and another seriously injured.
Lauren Moore, 24, was driving 2005 Nissan Titan. There were three passengers in the pickup with her, a 2-year-old, a 3-year-old and Dustin Sloan, 27.
It is not clear which child was seriously injured, however Middleton said he believes the child who was in a child safety seat sustained a fractured skull. The other child was thrown from the truck, but apparently suffered scratches and bruises, and needed only stitches. Sloan and Moore were taken to Memorial Health University Medical Center in Savannah. Their conditions were not known.
The crash happened at the intersection of Highway 196 and Pate Rogers Road when Moore allegedly failed to yield to other traffic. Her truck was struck on the passenger side, near where the child in the safety seat was, by a 2003 Chevy Suburban driven by Thomas Hill, who owns Thomas Hill Jewelry store in Hinesville.
His wife, Eva Hill, was in the vehicle with him. They suffered cuts and bruises and were also take to Memorial.
The Hills were traveling east on Leroy Coffer. Moore was leaving a service station at the intersection. Middleton said Moore ran the stop sign crossed the highway toward Freedman Grove Road. The vehicle driven by Hill rested at the corner of Freedman Grove while Moore drove into the wood line.
Middleton said a Fort Stewart soldier, Antigone Morgan, 19, saw the accident and helped the victims. In a phone interview Friday, Morgan a combat medic with the 3rdID’s Division Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion, said after the crash she ran to the pickup and heard a baby crying. She saw the woman climb out of the truck to get to the child to comfort him, but she told Morgan she couldn't move anymore. Morgan took the child, who was bloody, from the mother.
“He kept crying ‘oow,’ and ‘I want my mommy,’" Morgan said. As she inspected his injuries, the child told Morgan he was bleeding and asked her to kiss “my boo-boos.” Morgan said she kissed the child's hand, which comforted him until emergency medical personnel arrived.
Morgan said she also went to the other child in his car seat. He was coughing up blood, she said.
Moore is being charged with failure to obey a stop sign and failure to use a child restraint, Middleton said.