Driver Distracted by Child involved in Fatal Accident

| December 13, 2015

Accident

VALDOSTA — A driver distracted by his own child results in a fatal accident Saturday.

Saturday night, Georgia State Patrol Troopers responded to a fatal crash on Troupeville Highway near Crosbytown Road in Brooks County.

A blue 1991 Dodge Dakota, traveling south on Troupeville Highway, was driven by Matthew Addison Brinson, 32 of Quitman, Georgia.

Brinson became distracted by his child, Matthew Addison Brinson, Jr., 2.  The vehicle left the road and traveled off the east shoulder of the roadway, overturning twice and striking a wooden fence.

Neither of the occupants were wearing seatbelts and were partially ejected from the vehicle.

Life Flight was called to the scene by law enforcement, but they were unable to stabilize the child for flight. The child was instead was transported to Archbold Memorial Hospital in Thomasville.

Despite efforts to save him, the child died at the hospital.

The father was reported to be uninjured in the crash.

The crash is under further investigation by Georgia State Patrol Specialized Collision Reconstruction Team. Charges may be pending upon completion of the investigation and conferring with the District Attorney. Troopers suspect distracted driving to be the cause of this crash. Troopers do not suspect alcohol or drugs to be a contributing factor.

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  1. Rex Reed says:

    Terrible tragedy. Thoughts and prayers to the family.

  2. Pope of Hope says:

    “Charges may be pending upon completion of the investigation and conferring with the District Attorney. Troopers suspect distracted driving to be the cause of this crash. Troopers do not suspect alcohol or drugs to be a contributing factor.”

    Sure, rub it in with charges against the guy. Yeah, he screwed up, but how many times have all of us done stupid things that didn’t result in such a tragedy?

    • Walter Diahatsu says:

      Screwed up? Screwed up? Screwing up is putting bleach in the colored laundry or breaking a window with a baseball. Not protecting your child by restraining them (a law) and then getting them killed is waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay beyond “screw up”.

  3. christina says:

    I personally know this family and M.J. was very much loved by his family his dad does not deserve to be charged he made a mistake that he will always have to live with let this family have peace for gods sake

    • Walter Diahatsu says:

      Very much loved but didn’t care enough to make sure his child was properly restrained in the vehicle.

  4. Jenn says:

    This is so sad.. even sadder that growing up seat belts and car seats were basically non existent us kids piled in the truck and rode off with our loving parents. I can’t even remember how many times I rode in the bed of the truck to the river with all of my friends. This was an accident. This man will forever live with this horrible accident.