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Woman killed in accident off Highway 119
UPDATE: Woman identified as former HPD Officer
Crime scene tape

A woman was killed in a single vehicle accident March 18, on highway 119 in Fort Stewart. The woman killed was a former Police Officer of the Hinesville Police Department.

According to a press release issued the morning of March 19, Troopers from Georgia State Patrol Post 11, in Hinesville, responded to a report of a single vehicle fatality crash on State Route 119 near mile marker 27 in Liberty County inside the Ft. Stewart military installation. The accident happened just before 3 p.m.

The crash investigation team found a grey Toyota Corolla that appeared to be traveling northbound on State Route 119. According to the release, the vehicle failed to maintain its lane of travel and started drifting off the roadway. The car entered the shoulder and continued to veer off the road and into the adjacent roadway tree line before ultimately striking a large tree on its passenger side.

As a result of the impact, Ms. Jakelia Haggray-Fennell, 24, who was seated in the front passenger’s seat, was killed. 

Fennell served with the Hinesville police department from December 2019 until her departure in February 2021. 

Hinesville Police Department Assistant Chief, Major Tracey Howard said, "The Hinesville Police Department is saddened by the tragic loss of JaKelia Haggray. An asset of the department who served her community well before leaving the department on 02/11/2021. She had the remarkable ability of making one feel as if they were the most important person in her presence when she greeted you with a big smile.  Our thoughts and prayers are with her family as our family mourns the loss.”

The driver, who was not identified in the release, and rear passenger occupant were both transported by EMS ambulance to Wynn Army Community Hospital for treatment of their injuries.

The lead investigator is Trooper Stephen Jones and the accident investigation is being assisted by Georgia State Patrol Specialized Collision Reconstruction Team (SCRT).  Charges against the driver of the vehicle may be pending.

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