GSP: Alcohol, speed contributing factors in serious injury crash

| January 13, 2016


VALDOSTA – A Hahira man was seriously injured and faces charges of driving under the influence of alcohol in Tuesday night crash which injured two other people.

At approximately 8:57 p.m., Georgia State Patrol Trooper PAtrick Orr responded to a crash with injuries on Skipper Bridge Road south of Darian Drive in Lowndes County, according to GSP Cpl. Chris Kelch.

Travis Allen Shaffer, 41, of Hahira was reportedly driving a white Ford F250 north of Skipper Bridge Road. Shaffer’s truck traveled across the center line and struck a Gray BMW 745LI driven by James Miller, 58, of Valdosta.

“Mr. Shaffer traveled back into the northbound lane and over corrected, causing his vehicle to rotate counterclockwise, traveling off the west shoulder of the roadway,” Kelch said. “The F250 then struck a ditch and began to overturn. The vehicle overturned numerous times striking a wooden fence.”

Shaffer was reportedly unrestrained and was ejected from the vehicle during the crash.

“The F250 came to a final rest on its top off the west shoulder of Skipper Bridge Road facing south. Mr. Shaffer came to a final rest under the cargo bed of his vehicle. The bed of the vehicle was elevated and not resting on Mr. Shaffer,” Kelch said. “The BMW came to a controlled rest approximately 30 feet from impact in the southbound lane of Skipper Bridge Road.”

Shaffer sustained serious injuries to his head and upper body and was transported by helicopter to Archbold Medical Center in Thomasville, Kelch said.

Miller, along with his passenger, Barbara Miller, 62, of Valdosta, were transported by Lowndes EMS to South Georgia Medical Center with minor injuries, reports stated.

Troopers suspect alcohol and speed were contributing factors in the collision.

“Upon his release from the hospital, Mr. Shaffer will be charged with DUI, Failure to Maintain Lane, Driving on the Wrong Side of the Roadway, Too Fast for Conditions, Suspended Registration, Seatbelt Violation and Tire Requirements,” Kelch said.



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