Alcohol involed in Serious Echols County Accident

| November 16, 2015


STATENVILLE — Details were released Sunday on the serious, head-on collision that occurred late Saturday night in Echols County.  The initial report did not contain details and investigators were initially hindered due to language barriers.  Now it appears alcohol was involved in causing the accident, according to the official report.

Saturday night, shortly before midnight, Georgia State Patrol Post 31 Troopers responded to a head on collision on J. Frank Culpepper Road south of Herring Road in Echols County.

According to the GSP Incident Report, a black 1998 Chevrolet Mailbu, driven by Filadelfo Martin Perez, 25 of Echols County, was traveling north on J. Frank Culpepper Road, traveling from the Casa Del Alfarero Church of God.

A blue 1997 Ford Ranger, driven by Clifford Daniel Hadley, 35 of Live Oak was traveling south and crossed the center line into the northbound lane, striking Perez’s Chevrolet head on.

Perez was unrestrained and ejected through the windshield.

Five Air Med helicopters responded to the scene coming from Valdosta, Camilla, Lake City, Perry and Jacksonville.  In addition, several ambulances from area hospitals.

The report stated the seriousness of the accident for those riding with Perez.  Filadelfo Perez, the driver, was transported to South Georgia Medical Center by ambulance and is currently in stable condition.

The front seat passenger, identified as Mario Rene Martin Perez, 23 of Echols County, was wearing his seatbelt. He was flown from the scene by Air Med to Shands Hospital in Gainesville and currently in stable condition.

An unrestrained driver’s side rear passenger, identified as Alberto Hernandez, 40 of Echols County, was transported by ambulance to South Georgia Medical Center then later flown by Air Med to Shands Hospital and is currently in critical condition.

Another unrestrained rear passenger was identified as Reymundo Ramos Chilel, 35 of Echols County, and was flown from the scene by Air Med to Tallahassee Memorial Hospital in Tallahassee.  He is currently in critical condition.

Two children were also involved.  There were identified as Pedro Lopez, 4, and Justin Lopez, 6, both of Echols County.  Both children were not wearing their seatbelts. They were flown from the scene by Air Med to Shands Hospital. Pedro Lopez will be released soon with lacerations. Justin Lopez is in stable condition with leg injuries.

Clifford Hadley, the driver who caused the accident, was injured and reportedly not wearing his seatbelt.  He was transported by ambulance to South Georgia Medical Center and is in stable condition.

Reports state air bags did deploy in both vehicles.

Troopers suspect alcohol as a contributing factor in this collision. Charges will be pending upon the completion of the investigation.

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