N. Belair Road wreck injures 2

Two Augusta women were taken to a hospital after an early-afternoon wreck that stopped North Belair Road traffic Friday.

Vanessa Thomas, 21, was taken by helicopter to the Medical College of Georgia Hospital, where she is in good condition, hospital spokeswoman Denise Parrish said. The driver of a second vehicle, Serena Lay, 52, went to the hospital by ambulance and is in fair condition, Parrish said.

Just before 12:30 p.m., Thomas was driving in the inside south lane of North Belair Road at Pineland Drive, when Yong Ko, 39, of Martinez, attempting to change lanes cutting off Thomas’ Chevrolet Malibu, according to Columbia County sheriff’s Capt. Steve Morris. Thomas tried to avoid Ko’s Mercedes, and lost control, veering across the turn lane into oncoming traffic.

The car turned sideways and was T-boned on the passenger side by a northbound Ford Explorer, driven by Lay.

Ko, whose car never made contact with Thomas’ car and was not injured, continued driving without calling 911. She was located in the parking lot of a nearby church, Morris said.

Charges against Ko are pending, Morris said.





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