SAVANNAH, GA – At least four people were send to the hospital due to a four car accident that also tied up traffic on Interstate 516 for a couple of hours last Tuesday.
The accident took place shortly after 1:00 o’clock in the afternoon at I-516 Eastbound along the vicinity of I-16 ramp.
Savannah Fire and Southside Fire responded to the scene and worked together to extricate one person trapped inside the car.
Three people were delivered to the hospital for injuries. Two of the victims sustained non-life threatening injuries.
After the area was cleared, the section of I-516 was re-opened.
A day before in Atlanta, a Kennesaw man is charged of seriously injuring an Atlanta Police officer in an accident. According to Georgia State Patrol spokesman Gordy Wright, a 2011 Hyundai Sonata driven by operator identified as Scott Eugene Welker, age 45, collided with the police vehicle of Atlanta Police Officer Osbert Beckles. The officer was doing his traffic route at 11:25 that Friday evening at an exit ramp at Interstate 75 and Northside Parkway.
Wright said that Welker fled the scene after the accident on foot but was apprehended a short time later. Beckles was delivered to Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta, while Welker was taken to Fulton County Jail, where he will be facing seven charges, to include: driving under the influence, serious injury by motor vehicle, leaving the scene of an accident, reckless driving, failure to maintain lane, improper turn or lane change and a seat belt violation.
House Bill 208, sponsored by Rep. Dave Reed, R-Indiana, increases the maximum prison time from seven to 10 years in a fatal hit-and-run. It makes the crime a second-degree, rather than a third-degree, felony.
Accident victims have rights. You may be eligible for compensation for your injuries, wage loss and medical bills. Contact an experienced Atlanta Car Accident Attorney now for a free consultation.