Albany police respond to weekend wrecks

Three separate wrecks from over the weekend result in multiple injuries

ALBANY —There were at least three wrecks the Albany Police Department responded to on Sunday, with two resulting in trips to the hospital.

Mabel McDonald, 55, was taken to Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital for observation after she and a 5-year-old girl were injured when McDonald ran a vehicle into someone’s home, said Phyllis Banks, spokeswoman for the APD.

Officers say McDonald’s vehicle, a 2005 Mercedes Benz, left the road for some unknown reason just before 9 a.m. on Sunday at 2308 Old Dominion Drive. She went down an embankment, came up and went through a yard before striking the house, Banks said.

The child suffered an injured lip. McDonald, who a hospital spokeswoman said was listed at Phoebe in good condition on Monday, was charged with failure to maintain a lane. There were occupants inside the house, but there were no other injuries reported, Banks said.

In a separate incident, there was a wreck in which one vehicle was overturned and another left the scene at the 3600 block of Newton Road, reports show.

In that wreck, which was reported at around 8:15 p.m. on Sunday, both vehicles were traveling north when the driver of a white truck merged into the next lane. The truck struck the driver’s side door of a Taurus that was being driven by Joe Hall, 52, causing it to overturn in a yard, Banks said.

Charges are pending against the driver of the truck, who left the scene, while Hall is being charged with driving on a suspended license, Banks said.

No major injuries were reported, and a spokeswoman at Phoebe said there was no information available on Hall’s condition on Monday.

No tag information was available on the white truck. Anyone who saw anything is encouraged to call Crime Stoppers at (229) 436-TIPS (8477) or the APD at (229) 431-2100.

Another wreck took place in the early morning hours of Sunday on the 2400 block of Brierwood Drive.

Around 4:30 a.m., police officials say, Brittany Thrower, 21, was driving east on Brierwood in a 2005 Volkswagen Passat. To avoid hitting a deer, she ran off the road and hit a tree. She was cited for failure to maintain lane, and has since been discharged from the hospital, Banks said.