MOULTRIE -- An accident Monday afternoon sent three people to Colquitt Regional Medical Center, and two more people were involved in an accident Tuesday morning.
Tracy Welch and her daughters Alicia, 14, and Stephanie, 17, were taken to Colquitt Regional for injuries sustained in a two-vehicle accident at 3:10 p.m. Monday near the intersection of Upper Meigs Road and Circle Road.
Welch and her daughters were treated and released, a hospital spokesperson said.
Moultrie Police Sgt. Sam Smith said Welch was driving a Nissan 240 SX north on Upper Meigs Road when a Plymouth Voyager going south crossed the center line and hit her car. The two vehicles narrowly missed colliding head-on, as the damage showed the two hit at a slight angle.
Welch's vehicle was knocked into a ditch just off the road, and Smith said the van spun almost 360 degrees into the intersection of Upper Meigs Road and Circle Road. Both vehicles suffered extensive damage.
All three occupants of the Voyager fled the accident scene on foot but two occupants did return, Smith said. They were identified as Ramon Gomez and Nery Escalante. A witness to the accident told police Gomez was the driver of the Voyager.
After being identified as the driver, Gomez was issued citations for driving on the right side required, driving without a license, failure to yield while turning left and leaving the scene of an accident with injuries, Smith said. Speed was listed as a contributing factor but Gomez was not cited for speeding.
A report at the Colquitt County Sheriff's Department listed the van Gomez was driving as stolen. Gomez, however, has not been charged with theft of the vehicle.
Two other people were involved in an accident that took place at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday. Smith said William Sherrard of Sylvester failed to yield as he attempted to cross First Street Northeast at the Sylvester Highway intersection. He struck a single-axle trailer Francisco Menjivar has attached to a Chevrolet C-10 pickup. Both vehicles only suffered slight damage.
Menjivar complained of pain in his knee but declined to be transported to Colquitt Regional, Smith said.
Sherrard was issued citations for failure to yield at an intersection, driving without a license and two counts of no proof of insurance. Smith said even though insurance is now recorded on computer, there is a stipulation in the law that requires proof of insurance in case of an accident.
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