MOULTRIE -- A Moultrie woman involved in a wreck last week succumbed to her injuries Friday.
Betty Hall was 63.
Hall, of 167 Roy G. Hall Road, was a passenger in a car driven by Felica Canady, 40, of 107 Roy G. Hall Road, when the car was struck in the rear by a Ford F-150 driven by Roy Winiford Pate II. The accident occurred about 7:30 p.m. last Friday, July 9, on Quitman Highway.
Pate, 17, of 267 Clifton Drive, said he was on Quitman Highway, approaching the intersection with Fifth Avenue Southeast and Old Adel Road. He was in the right lane and saw a car at the stop sign of Fifth Avenue that he thought was encroaching on his lane, according to Moultrie police. Pate said he moved into the left lane to avoid it and he kept his eyes on that car as he passed it. When he looked back to the road ahead, he saw Canady's car stopped ahead of him to make a left turn, but he was too close to stop.
Police estimated his speed at 65 miles per hour. At the site of the accident, Pate was leaving a 45-mile-per-hour zone and entering a 55-mile-per-hour zone.
Canady was treated for her injuries and released from Colquitt Regional Medical Center shortly after the crash. Her son, 2-year-old Zachery Arnold, spent four days in the hospital -- part of that time at Shands Children's Hospital in Gainesville, Fla. -- before being released Tuesday.
Hall was transported to Colquitt Regional after the crash then transferred to Archbold Memorial Hospital in Thomasville and from there to Crawford Long Hospital in Atlanta. Moultrie police Sgt. Sam Smith said she underwent surgery late Thursday. Her blood pressure fell, he said, and family members were called in before life support was disconnected Friday.
She was pronounced dead at 5 p.m. Friday at Crawford Long Hospital, Smith said, with reference to reports from Colquitt County Coroner John Vickers.
Pate, who did not seek medical treatment after the wreck, was charged Monday with speeding, following too closely, improper lane change and a safety belt violation.
Smith said Friday that he had no plans to change those charges in light of Hall's death.
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