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October 22, 2012

Woman dies in wreck

Her adult sons are injured; 3-year-old is unhurt

MOULTRIE — Occupants of a truck involved in a fatal Saturday night crash reported that the woman who was killed grabbed the steering wheel from the back seat just before the driver lost control.

The two sons of Cindy Maria Giles, 43, of Norman Park, told law enforcement that their mother was upset over a recently ended relationship and had been drinking.

At the time of the accident at about 11:20, 24-year-old William Andrew Shi was driving and brother Jonathan Shi, 19, was in the front passenger seat. Giles was unrestrained in the back seat of the extended-cab Ford pickup truck, where her 3-year-old granddaughter was in a car seat, investigator’s reports said.

“The brothers told me that their mother was upset because her boyfriend had dumped her and she wanted out of the vehicle and they wouldn’t pull over,” Georgia State Patrol Trooper Chad Wynn said Monday. “She wanted  them to stop and let her walk home. She grabbed the wheel.”

Giles reportedly jerked the wheel of the truck to the right as they were driving north on U.S. Highway 319 near Woodmen Road.

When the driver yanked the steering wheel back to the left, the force apparently pulled Giles into the front seat with the brothers and the truck left the roadway, Wynn said. The rear end of the truck began coming around and the truck began “bouncing up and down like a seesaw” through a yard, he said.

The truck then traveled into a second yard and a rear tire caught the ground, causing the truck to start rolling over, Wynn said. Just before the vehicle struck two pine trees, Giles was ejected from the front passenger-side window. After colliding with the two trees almost simultaneously, the truck then landed upright and slammed backwards into a post supporting the porch of a residence at 869 U.S. Hwy. 319 N., the state patrol’s report said.

Giles was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident, Colquitt County Coroner Verlyn Brock said.

The toddler was checked out at Colquitt Regional Medical Center, but apparently was uninjured.

A hospital spokeswoman said that both brothers were treated and released that night.

However, later information indicated that Jonathan Shi was at Archbold Memorial Hospital in Thomasville on Monday, where he was transported on Sunday morning.

Wynn said no information had been given to him Monday about the younger brother’s condition and Archbold did not return a call requesting a report on his condition.

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