A 26-year-old Thomasville, Georgia man was seriously injured when his vehicle was struck nearly head-on by a swerving Crawfordville motorist on Spring Creek Highway at Reservation Court at 2:30 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 12, according to Sheriff Donnie Crum.
Both drivers were transported to Tallahassee Memorial Hospital by Wakulla EMS after the vehicles caught fire and burned.
Deputy Cole Wells investigated the crash and determined that Samuel Clemens Hicks, 20, of Crawfordville was driving a 2004 Ford truck northbound on Spring Creek Highway and Donnell Lorenzo Gay, 26, of Thomasville, Georgia was driving a 1990 Chevrolet Camaro southbound when the Ford pickup truck traveled onto the east shoulder of the road before overcorrecting and traveling into the southbound lane. Gay attempted to drive toward the west shoulder of the road to avoid the crash but failed and the vehicles collided and burst into flames.
Gay was ejected from the Camaro and was discovered 30 feet from his vehicle. The vehicles came to rest attached to each other on the west shoulder of the highway, facing south. Gay was able to escape from the burning vehicle despite a seriously injured leg. Both vehicles suffered heavy damage and Wakulla County firefighters responded to the scene and put out the blaze.
After investigating the crash, Deputy Wells and Sgt. Danny Harrell began to investigate the crash as a DUI. Recently used drug paraphernalia was discovered in the Hicks vehicle and a blood sample was drawn from Hicks at the hospital. Interviews were also conducted with two subjects who were with Hicks at a party prior to the accident.
Charges are pending as the DUI investigation continues. Deputy Scott Powell and Lt. Sherrell Morrison also investigated.