One man was killed and several injured in a multi-vehicle accident Saturday night in Hinesville.
According to Hinesville Police Department Traffic Accident Investigator Kevin Zieran, the accident occurred shortly after 10 p.m. on Gen. Screven Way in front of Bradwell Institute. Zieran said Malachi Jackson, 20, of Hinesville, was headed to Raintree Apartments outside the gates of Fort Stewart with two female passengers in his vehicle. Jackson reportedly tried to pass two vehicles at a high rate of speed and lost control of his 1995 Ford Crown Victoria.
Jackson’s vehicle struck a 2000 Chevy Cavalier occupied by three teenage girls, ages 16-17 years, who had just left a carnival on Fort Stewart. One teen was taken to Winn Army Community Hospital and the other two went to Memorial Health University Medical Center. The teen transported to Winn was treated and released. One teen taken to Memorial was treated and released; the other still was in the hospital as of Tuesday.
Tre Tekrony, a soldier assigned to Fort Stewart, told Zieran he saw Jackson’s Crown Victoria swerve and strike the teens’ Cavalier. Tekrony said Jackson’s vehicle then crossed in front of his car, a 1997 Volkswagen Golf, and the two automobiles collided, causing Jackson’s vehicle to burst into flames.
Zieran said Jackson’s passengers, later identified as Tiana Ozell, 21, and Kayla Banks, 20, exited the vehicle, but Jackson was trapped inside as the flames spread. Passersby tried to free Jackson but were unable to due to the heat.
When police officers arrived, they used fire extinguishers on the blaze, but had no success. The Hinesville Fire Department arrived, put out the fire and removed Jackson from his vehicle. He was transported to Liberty Regional Medical Center in Hinesville and then airlifted to Memorial Health University Medical Center in Savannah, where he later was pronounced dead.
Ozell and Banks were taken Liberty Regional Medical Center, where they were treated and released.
Tekrony sustained minor injuries and was treated at the scene and released.
A 2000 Chevy Suburban, driven by Johanna Brown, 43, narrowly missed getting struck and ended up in a ditch a few feet from the crash site. Brown and her 14-year-old daughter, who was in the front seat, both were treated at the scene.