NORMAN PARK — Six people complained of injuries following a two-vehicle accident Sunday night. A Georgia State Patrol (GSP) trooper responding to the accident was himself involved in a second two-car accident.

A Colquitt County sheriff’s deputy responded to the Highway 319 North and Chafin Street in Norman Park at 7:13 p.m. Sunday about an accident. Upon arrival, the deputy found a Dodge Ram truck, driven by Alonza James Wilson, 61, of 128 Cherry Circle in Omega, and a GMC Safari van, driven by Casildo Perez, of 1326 Lonnie Brookard Road in Norman Park, were involved in a collision, official reports stated.

Perez, Wilson and all four passengers in the van complained of injuries, and four were taken to Colquitt Regional Medical Center for treatment by three Colquitt County EMS ambulances. A hospital spokesperson said Wilson, Perez, Judy Martinez, 51, and Margarita Perez, 7, both of 1326 Lonnie Brookard Road in Norman Park, were treated for their injuries and released Sunday. An 11-year-old girl and a 7-year-old girl in the Safari also complained of injuries, but the spokesperson said Colquitt Regional did not have a record of them being admitted.

Casildo Perez told the deputy he was driving north on Highway 319 and had stopped, with his left blinker on, to make a left turn onto Chafin Street. Wilson stated he was also driving north on Highway 319 and saw the Safari’s brake lights, but the Ram collided with the rear of the Safari.

Following the collision, the Safari crossed over the southbound lane of Highway 319 before coming to rest in a ditch off the roadway. A Georgia Department of Transportation road sign was also knocked down as a result of the accident.

The deputy responded to Colquitt Regional and placed Wilson under arrest after he was released. He was charged with DUI (third offense) and following too closely in the collision. Perez was not cited or charged.

GSP Trooper First Class Craig Singletary was requested to come to the accident scene, and he was driving his Dodge Charger on North Veterans parkway to get to the scene. As he approached the Highway 37 intersection, he stopped at the red light and turned on his blue lights and siren to continue to the accident scene at 8:08 p.m. Sunday.

Singletary looked to be sure he could safely continue through the intersection and entered it. At the same time, a GMC Jimmy, driven by a 16-year-old girl, was on Highway 37 West and also entered the intersection, stating she had a green light even though she did see the trooper’s lights and siren. The Charger collided with the Jimmy’s rear driver’s side as both vehicles entered the intersection, the reports stated.

Following the impact, the Jimmy rotated once and came to rest in the southbound lane of Veterans Parkway, facing north. Singletary’s Charger continued through the intersection for about 10 feet and came to rest facing north.

Neither Singletary nor the 16-year-old girl reported any injuries from the collision. The girl was charged with failure to yield for an emergency vehicle and a seatbelt violation, but the trooper was not cited or charged in the collision.

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