PORTERDALE, d. – The Georgia State Patrol continued the investigation this week after a driver reportedly suffered a “medical incident” and hit a parked police car before rolling on his roof in Porterdale last week.
Four people were transported to area hospitals following the Tuesday, August 16 incident.
Local authorities called the State Patrol to examine the wreckage on Main Street just south of Cotton Street in downtown Porterdale at approximately 3:40 p.m.
A report stated that a 2016 Nissan Maxima driven by Vershea Antwashawan, 35, of Covington, was heading south on Main Street when the driver lost control of the vehicle and hit an unoccupied Porterdale Police car parked at a parallel parking lot along the southern berm. off the road.
The impact tipped the Maxima onto its roof and continued to drive about 70 feet before partially stopping in the southbound lane.
A passenger in the Maxima and fire and ambulance personnel at the scene said the driver appeared to have suffered a “medical episode” that caused “her to lose consciousness and press the accelerator pedal,” the report said.
“(The passenger) advised that she was forced to unfasten her seat belt and try to gain control of (the vehicle) … but was unsuccessful,” the report said.
The driver had to be freed from the Maxima and was transported to a hospital in the region with minor injuries.
The 51-year-old passenger was transported with what appeared to be serious injuries, while two other passengers, ages 10 and 8, were transported to area hospitals with apparently minor injuries, the report said.
Porterdale Police Chief Jason Cripps said on Wednesday that “it looks like everyone involved will be fine”.
“I personally wanted to thank some members of our community who helped with traffic control and other aspects of the crash,” he said.