Long County resident Jessie Parker, 35, died from injuries he sustained in a two-vehicle wreck Wednesday in Long County. Fort Stewart soldier Karl Stephan was injured in the accident.
Long County Emergency Management Agency Director Bob Heffley said that at around 12:40 p.m. Wednesday, emergency personnel responded to a report of a head-on collision on Highway 196 at mile marker 5 near Flowers Road.
According to Georgia State Patrol Trooper W. N. Bowman, Parker was traveling eastbound on Highway 196 going toward Hinesville when his pickup veered into the westbound lane and struck Stephan’s 2014 Chevrolet Malibu.
Heffley said that it originally was reported that Parker was trapped and extrication would be required. However, bystanders helped Parker get out of his Chevrolet S-10 pickup truck.
Heffley said that due to trauma incurred by Parker, an AirEvac unit was contacted to transport him to a Savannah hospital. However, Parker stopped breathing prior to being loaded on the helicopter. First responders gave Parker CPR at the scene, Heffley said, and the AirEvac flight nurse and paramedic assisted Long/Liberty County EMS personnel in their ambulance.
Parker was taken to Liberty Regional Medical Center in Hinesville. Heffley said that CPR continued on Parker en route to the hospital.
Parker was pronounced dead shortly after 1 p.m. Bowman said Parker was not wearing his seat belt at the time of the accident.
According to Bowman, Stephan, 48, was transported to Winn Army Medical Center and was in stable condition as of Wednesday.
On Thursday, both the hospital and Fort Stewart public-affairs officer Kevin Larson declined to comment on Stephan’s condition, saying that they were not authorized to provide information on him due to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPPA).
Other units responding to the accident included the Long County Sheriff’s Office and the Long County Protective Services Auxiliary.