Texting and Driving!

No one was injured or died in the following incident. The event was to educate people about texting and driving.

Texting and driving causes three local teenagers major problems Saturday, September 28, 2013, in Waycross, Georgia. The driver was texting her best friend about the Georgia football game while driving north on Memorial Drive. She lost control of the vehicle and it crashed in the parking lot of the Mall at Waycross around twelve nouns. All three passengers were ejected from the vehicle. The driver suffered minor injuries, the front seat passenger was dead and the rear seat passenger had critical injuries requiring the services of a trauma center. The driver found her cell phone and called Ware County 911 screaming for help.

911 dispatched Ware County EMS, Waycross Fire/Rescue, Waycross Police, GSP and also requested Air Evac 90 to respond to the scene. Waycross Fire/Rescue arrived first on scene extinguished the vehicle fire and provided aid to the injured. Ware County EMS arrived with 2 Advanced Life Support ambulances and started treating the victims. The Georgia State Patrol and Waycross Police Department arrived on scene shortly after EMS. The Georgia State Patrol along with Waycross Police Department investigated the crash scene. The driver was arrested and taken to jail. Air Evac 90 advised Ware 911 that they cannot respond due to not being available at the time (other mission). Ware EMS transports the critical patient to the hospital. The funeral home transports the fatality (DOA) to the hospital to be pronounced dead and onto the funeral home. The Body Shop’s wrecker then removes the vehicle from the scene. There were 2 lessons learned. Do not text and drive and always buckle up! Ware County Community Emergency Response Team had their CERT trailer on display outside the Mall and they also had their CERT tent set up inside the mall educating the mall visitors on emergency preparedness. CERT Members were Perry Blackburn Ware County Citizen Corps Coordinator, Melissa Hyers, Assistant CERT Coordinator, Larry Soul, and Robby Parham CERT Logistic Officers and Taressa Crawford, CERT Action Officer. Satilla Medical Reserve Corps members were Dr, Bill Parham, Satilla Medical Reserve Corps Founder, Lori Henderson, Satilla MRC Director, Tessa Henderson, Satilla MRC Secretary, Melissa Hyers, Satilla MRC member and Perry Blackburn, Satilla MRC Coordinator.

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I would like to thank the following for all the hard work that they put into the National Preparedness Day Events. Ware EMA Director Jonathan Daniell, Ware EMS Director Dr. Bill Parham, Ware County CERT Asst. Coordinator Melissa Hyers, Ware County Shift Captain Kiser, Ware County Fire Captain Varnadore, Waycross Fire Chief David Eddins, Waycross Police Dept. Major Chris Tatum, GSP Sgt. Terry Thrift, GSP Trooper Williams, Air Evac 90 Program Director Scott Moseley, Air Evac 90 Paramedic/ Clinical Base Leader Andrew Kersey, Air Evac 90 Sales Membership Director Al Groover, Ware County 911 Director Fay Cooper, 911 Asst. Director Debbie Hendricks, Waycross Journal Herald, Waycross Mall Manager Jimmy White, Mall Assistant Manager Ronnie Thrift, Michelle Cox and Bo Scurry from the Body Shop. Also thank you Ware County EMS Station 1, Station 4, Waycross Fire/ Rescue Station 3, Waycross PD, GSP, WARE County EMA, The Mall at Waycross, Satilla MRC, Ware County CERT Ware Fire/Rescue Station 1, the on-duty Air Evac 90 crew, the Ware County 911 dispatchers that were on duty, American Red Cross, the Okefenokee Technical College LPN students that were victims in the crash and Ware County Logistics Officers Robby Parham and Larry Soul.

Also, thanks go to Music Funeral Home and Miles Odum Funeral Homes for offering the use of their hearses to transport the fatalities. A special thank you goes to the Honey Buns Restaurant, The Medicine Cabinet of Waycross and Ware County Citizen Corps for donating door prizes. I can say that it is an honor to work with such a great team of professionals. There is no way that the two events could have been done without them said Perry Blackburn, Ware County Citizen Corps Coordinator.