VALDOSTA -- The vehicle carrying an 8-year-old boy who was killed in a wreck on Sunday had stopped at an intersection, then proceeded into the path of an oncoming vehicle, according to an eyewitness in an accident report by Georgia State Patrol.
Sgt. Lavon Prine, GSP Post 31 commander, said that a Specialized Collision and Reconstruction Team is working on the investigation of the accident that resulted in Jacob Peters' death. The SCRT will present the results of its investigation to the District Attorney's office, Prine said.
Charges are pending, and it will be up to the DA to determine whether to prosecute, Prine said.
The Post 31 commander said he did not know when the investigation would be completed, and it could take weeks before the results are released to the DA's office.
GSP troopers were notified at 1:53 p.m. Sunday that a two-vehicle accident had occurred at the intersection of Rocky Ford and Ousley roads in west Lowndes County. A 1996 Kia driven by Jennifer Taylor, 17, of Clyattville, who is the sister of Peters, was traveling west on Ousley Road. A witness near the intersection told GSP troopers that Taylor's car passed by him, and a boy in the passenger's seat had waved at him before the car stopped at the intersection.
The vehicle then pulled into the intersection and was struck on the passenger's side by a 1998 Chevrolet pickup driven by Brian Hiers, 22, who was traveling south on Rocky Ford Road, according to the GSP report.
The report said conditions at the time of the accident were clear and dry.
Peters was pronounced dead Sunday at South Georgia Medical Center.
Hiers was treated at the emergency room and released. Taylor has also been discharged from SGMC.
To contact reporter Rip Prine, please call 244-3400, ext. 237.
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