Truck driver

The truck driver falls asleep; rear car in Milledgeville

Jan. 20 – Authorities say the driver of a commercialized van truck fell asleep at the wheel before crashing into a car at the intersection of North Columbia Street and Log Cabin Road in Milledgeville on Thursday morning.

The driver of the car, who was reportedly seriously injured, was transported by ambulance to a trauma center in Macon.

The injured woman was identified as Maggie Grace Ann Bryson, 24, of the 500 block of Hood Avenue, Fayetteville, according to Sgt. First Class Kevin Pope, commanding officer of the Georgia State Patrol Station in Milledgeville.

“She was conscious and unconscious when first responders arrived on the scene,” Pope said.

The injured woman was treated at the scene by area firefighters/first responders and Grady Emergency Medical Services personnel. She was then taken to Atrium Health Navicent, Macon’s medical center for further treatment.

Bryson was driving a 2008 Toyota Yaris and traveling northbound in the left lane on North Columbia Street toward Lake Sinclair.

“The vehicle was stationary at a red light,” said Pope, who investigated the accident, which happened around 6:50 a.m. “A Freightliner van truck was also traveling in the left lane.

The truck driver said he fell asleep at the wheel.

The truck read the car, pushing the car through the busy intersection, off the roadway through a grassy area, before it hit a fire hydrant and shrubbery. It pulled into the parking lot of the Jet Food Store for good, Pope told The Union-Recorder at the scene.

The 2020 Freightliner box truck, which was leased from Penske Leasing and Rental Company by Fresh One Distributing Services, was driven by Rashad Rashad Amiri Leshore of Lithona, Pope said.

Georgia Department of Public Safety (MCCD) Motor Carrier Compliance Division Officer Will Blackwell said Leshore received two citations.

“He was charged with following too closely and driving tired,” Blackwell said.

Pope said he was assisted in the wreckage investigation by Private Patrick Prosser, who is assigned to the Georgia State Patrol’s Specialized Collision Reconstruction Team (SCRT).

Milledgeville Police Department officers assisted state troopers directing traffic to the scene of the crash.