By Patrick Yost
Two 5–year–old girls were killed in a single car accident on Interstate 20 on Saturday, November 5 at 3 p.m.
According to Georgia State Patrol reports, Madison Wilson, 5 and Logan Culler, 5, both of Columbia S.C. were pronounced killed after the vehicle driven by Chary Denise Stills, 38, Columbia, S.C. overturned several times in the westbound lane of Interstate 20 approximately one mile east of Seven Islands Road.
A third passenger in the vehicle, Shamira Cantrail Martin, 38, Columbia S.C. was trapped in the 2003 SR5 Toyota and was freed from the vehicle by emergency workers using the jaws of life. She was transported to Athens Regional Medical Center with spinal injuries. Reports state that Wilson was partially ejected in the crash and Culler was completely ejected. Both children were in child restraint systems that were not properly installed. Culler was flown via Emory Emergency Air to St. Mary’s Hospital were she perished. Wilson was pronounced dead at the scene.
The driver, Stills, was also transported to Athens Regional Medical Center with spinal injuries. Authorities have not been able to determine if there is a family connection between the women and children.
Reports state that the Toyota was traveling in the left westbound lane when it began to rotate counter-clockwise and then began to overturn. As the Toyota entered the center median, reports state, it overturned several more times before crossing over the eastbound lanes of traffic and coming to rest on the southern shoulder of the eastbound lanes. The vehicle came to a final rest in a ditch south of the east bound lanes of traffic. Reports suggest the vehicle may have flipped four to five times.
According to reports, Wilson was sitting in the back seat behind Martin. Culler was sitting in the middle back seat.
The Georgia State Patrol’s Specialized Collision Reconstruction Team (SCRT) was called to the scene to investigate the incident. According to Sgt. Justin Howard, Post 8 commander, charges in the incident are pending until the outcome of the SCRT investigation.
The Morgan County Fire Department and Greene County Emergency Medical Services responded to the incident.