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Wrecks dampen holidays
Updates from wrecks during Christmas week
two dead

A series of accidents causing injuries, damages, and fatalities dampened Christmas week.

Bradwell Institute student Ayesha Davis, 17, was identified as the pedestrian who was struck and killed, on Dec. 22, as she attempted to cross a busy roadway. Liberty County Coroner, Reginald Pierce identified Davis as the victim.

According to Hinesville Police Department Traffic Accident Investigator, Cpl. Michael Ramirez, Davis was struck by a black Hyundai driven by a 56 year old man while attempting to cross the roadway near McDowell St. shortly before 6 p.m.

Davis was transported by ambulance to Liberty Regional Medical Center in Hinesville where according to Hinesville Police Chief, Bill Kirkendall she was later pronounced deceased.

The family is seeking donations to help them cover funeral expenses. Donations can be sent to from 8:30 a.m. until 5 p.m. at:

The Dorchester Funeral Home

7842 East Oglethorpe Highway

Midway, Ga, 31320

Or call: 912 884-2431

Officer Ramirez said the accident remains under investigation.

Another incident happened the following day.

According to Hinesville Police Traffic Accident Investigator, Aaron Brandt, a woman was transported to Liberty Regional Medical Center after her 15 year old daughter drove into the Exxon Handyland gas station on 2570 Highway 196 in Hinesville Dec. 23.

The teen was driving on a learner’s permit and was pulling into the parking lot from Highway 196 when she hit the gas pedal thinking she was hitting the brakes.  

The impact caused portions of the wall to buckle and caused interior damage to the building. Several cases or beer flew off the shelves inside a refrigeration unit.  

The accident occurred shortly before 5 p.m. and is under investigation.

Later in the evening of Dec. 23, around 6 p.m., two people were killed following a two car accident on East Oglethorpe Highway not far from Bill Carter Road. Georgia State Patrol Trooper, Markus White said there were four people traveling in a Chevy Trailblazer, two adults an 11-year-old and a four-year-old child.

White said two adults, a man and a woman, were traveling in a Jeep Cherokee. White said it appears the driver of the Chevy Trailblazer made a left turn into the path of the Cherokee which was traveling westbound towards Hinesville. The Trooper said the occupants of both vehicles were all from Midway. 

White said of the four people in the Trailblazer, one adult, named Rebecca Dixon and 11-year-old Olivia Jordan were pronounced dead on scene as confirmed by Liberty County Coroner Reginald Pierce.

The driver, four-year-old and the occupants of the Cherokee were transported to Memorial Health University Medical Center in Savannah.

According to White the driver of the Trailblazer is in the intensive care unit. The driver of the Jeep is still hospitalized while the passenger was treated and released.

Portions of the westbound lane of East Oglethorpe Highway was closed for several hours while members of the Georgia State Patrol Specialized Collision Reconstruction Team (SCRT) conducted an investigation.

Liberty County Fire Services, the Liberty County Sheriff’s Office, two emergency medical vehicles from Bryan County and Midway police were on hand to assist.

A two car accident on Islands Highway near Beulah Road in East Liberty County sent four people to the hospital Dec. 26.  The accident occurred at 6:30 p.m.

According to Liberty County Fire services Chief, Brian Darby, firefighters found two vehicles which had collided at the intersection of Islands Highway and Beulah Road.  

Darby said a 12 year old child had been ejected when the vehicles collided tossing him roughly 25 feet onto a nearby lawn. Darby said the child sustained injuries to his shoulder and was transported via Life Star helicopter to Memorial Health University Medical Center.

The vehicle the child was ejected from, was driven by his 23 year old sister as well as their grandmother. The other vehicle contained a single occupant who was returning home from work at the Target distribution center in Tradeport East.

Georgia State Patrol Trooper, Marvin Frazier said the accident occurred when the woman made an initial stop at a stop sign on Beulah Road but strolled out and failed to yield to the oncoming vehicle heading eastbound. 

The impact caused the vehicle to spin around ejecting the child, who was wearing a seat belt, from the rear window.

The three other people were transported by ambulance.

The accident is under investigation by the Georgia State Patrol.

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