ALBANY, Ga. -- An apparent head-one collision at the Baker/Dougherty county line on Monday caused the death of one and serious injuries for another.
Georgia State Patrol officials say William Malone of Bainbridge was traveling south on Tarva Road around 8:15 p.m. when he veered his 2012 Mini Cooper into the opposite lane of traffic. At the same moment, Kimberly McGie, 32, was driving her 2010 Chevrolet Malibu in the northbound lane. McGie made an apparent attempt to avoid a head-on collision with the Cooper, said Sgt. Shawn Urquhart, commander of GSP Albany Post 40.
"Unfortunately, she didn't make it far enough," Urquhart said. "The two vehicles did make contact, and the Malibu flipped over several times."
According to Urquhart, while skid marks from the Malibu began in Baker County, the impact actually occurred in Dougherty County. The accident is still under investigation, but it's believed that Malone may have fallen asleep before drifting into McGie's lane, as no skid marks from his vehicle were found, Urquhart said.
Malone, 54, was fatally injured in the accident, while McGie's injuries included a broken neck, femur and pelvis. According to Urquhart, McGie was transported from the scene to Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital for treatment.
"There was an enormous amount of debris at the crash scene," Urquhart said. "Both vehicles were mostly destroyed, and that's why it took such a long time to straighten out what happened."