Morning sun blamed for accident on St. Sebastian Way

Monday, Nov. 8, 2010 8:47 AM
Last updated 2:09 PM
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A car headed south on Jones Street this morning collided with an SUV after its driver lost his vision in the sunlight, Richmond County Sheriff’s Sgt. Robbie Silas said.

A 1999 Toyota Celica operated by James McMorrow was headed east on Jones Street about 8 a.m. when he failed to see the red light and struck a 2001 GMC Yukon’s passenger side, causing it to overturn, Silas said.

The Yukon was on St. Sebastian Way heading south and was driven by Tabitha Kendrick. Both of the cars were totaled, and Kendrick suffered some scratches and bruises, Silas said.

He added McMorrow had admitted fault in the accident and was charged with disregarding a traffic control device.

 

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humbleopinion
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humbleopinion 11/08/10 - 10:05 am
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This was an expensive project

This was an expensive project with limited benefits. Connecting Riverwatch Parkway to the hospital area was a huge improvement for Augusta traffic, but this new cross street has done nothing but add another traffic light for travelers on Broad and Reynolds streets.....

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boredinaug 11/08/10 - 04:26 pm
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It's strange to me to charge

It's strange to me to charge someone with "disregarding a traffic control device" when it was due to interference from the sun. It was not deliberate on the part of the driver...it was an accident. I suppose someone has to take the blame, and who knows for SURE if the driver's story is true...but I can definitely sympathize with him. I've been blinded several mornings by the bright sun hitting dew on the windshield of my car...it happens before you know it and there is nothing you can do if you are in heavy traffic. I hate this for both parties involved. Just glad everyone is ok.

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bdouglas 11/08/10 - 05:46 pm
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So in the first paragraph the

So in the first paragraph the car was driving south...then in the second it was driving east. I can do the math on which direction it was *actually* driving if the sun was in the driver's eyes, but come on... Nice reporting...

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BrittBe 11/08/10 - 09:44 pm
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So this man can be charged

So this man can be charged with this even though the sun was in his eyes.... What about the little boy that was struck by the man because of "sun in his eyes" and killed...He wasnt charged?

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