Martinez woman dies from Wednesday night wreck

Thursday, Sept. 13, 2012 3:52 PM
Last updated Friday, Sept. 14, 2012 11:31 AM
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A Martinez woman died Thursday from injuries suffered in a crash the night before on Washington Road in Evans.

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Jordan Eliz­abeth White, 19, of Springlakes Drive, died at 12:42 p.m. at Medical College of Georgia Hos­pital, said Columbia County Coro­ner Vernon Collins.

The 2011 Evans High School graduate was studying at Augusta State University and worked at Fire­house Subs, according to her Face­book page.

She was airlifted to the hospital after the wreck, which occurred just before midnight.

White’s passengers, Corey Davis, 19, of Cyndee Circle in Martinez, and Clinton Guy­man, 22, of Belglade Road in Grovetown, were taken to the hospital by ambulance, according to a Co­lum­bia County sheriff’s report.

Charges are pending against Lucky Wade Jack­son Jr., 43, of Buxton Drive in Evans, pending the results of a blood-alcohol test, sheriff’s Capt. Steve Morris said.

White was turning left from Ronald Reagan Drive about 11:45 p.m. when Jack­son, driving a Ford F-250 truck, ran the red light heading west, hitting the driver’s side of White’s Honda Accord, according to the report.

Jackson’s truck crossed the center line and hit a stopped tractor-trailer, according to the report.

Jackson suffered minor injuries and was treated and released from MCG. The driver of the tractor-trailer wasn’t injured.

White is the second traffic fatality in Columbia County in four days.

Alejandro Reyes-Romero, 35, of Hereford Farm Road in Evans, died Monday night after he was ejected from a vehicle in which he was riding. He was not wearing a seat belt, Deputy Coroner Har­riett Garrison said.

Alfonzo Nelle-Lopez, 28, of Here­ford Farm Road, was charged with first-degree vehicular homicide, driving under the influence, open container, failure to maintain lane and driving without a license.

About 7:15 p.m. Monday, Nelle-Lopez lost control of his vehicle on Columbia Road and went off the road, an incident report said. The vehicle skidded across oncoming lanes and onto the opposite shoulder and rolled at least once. Reyes-Romero died at the scene.

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rebellious
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rebellious 09/13/12 - 10:25 pm
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So Sad

Life lost at any age is so tragic, but even more so when it comes so young. Heartfelt prayers go out to the White family. I cannot even begin to imagine the depth of grief and anger you must be feeling right now

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Little Lamb 09/13/12 - 11:15 pm
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Chili

There is a Chili's restaurant near there.

The WGAC report said that the F-250 hit the truck first; then Ms. White's Accord. That's contrary to the above account, intimating that the F-250 hit the Accord first; then the semi.

Maybe tomorrow's print edition will be definitive.

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Austin Rhodes 09/14/12 - 12:06 am
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LL....

Not sure what you heard, but every news report between 3 and 6pm Thursday gave the correct chain of events...just as described above.

Palmetto...I was quoting an adage my mother used to tell me when I was a young driver:
"Nothing good happens on the road after 11pm."

I am now the father of a 21 year old myself, and I know the adage to be quite true.

This is not to say that we should hide under the house at the stroke of 11pm, but for God's sake....be on the lookout for drunks and drive extra defensively. No one with sense could disagree.

This poor young lady, whom I have watched grow up from little girl to college student, was as pure a victim as there can be.

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GaStang22 09/14/12 - 01:22 am
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Condolences to both families who lost their loved ones.

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Especially to the White family. To lose a beautiful angel so early. My heart breaks for you and you are in my prayers.

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GaStang22 09/14/12 - 01:27 am
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Can't find a history on either drunk. hmmm

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I know it wasn't their first time drinking and driving. Even if it was their first time getting caught, at their age they should have known better. No sympathy here. When will you bleeding hearts stop letting dui's be such a slap on the wrist. Don't want to ruin the drunks life by punishing them appropriately, but its ok to ruin and end innocent lives. SMDH!!!

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curly123053 09/14/12 - 07:15 am
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Prayers to the White Family!

First of all my prayers are with the family and friends of Jordan White in this incident. Secondly, I want to thank the writer of this story for not referring to this crash as an accident if it was caused by drinking and driving. DUI is NEVER an accident. DUI is a choice which should result in severe criminal prosecution especially when a crash is involved maiming and killing innocent people. Judges and courts need to take DUI much more seriously than they do now.

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Austin Rhodes 09/14/12 - 09:04 am
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The point is clear...

...if you cannot understand it, go back and keep reading it until you do.

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Fiat_Lux 09/14/12 - 09:23 am
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Unimaginable tragedy

We don't know why this young woman was on the road. Perhaps she was on the way home from studying and was giving friends a ride. No matter the reason, she had every right to be there and to expect to be safe if driving according to the rules of the road and with appropriate awareness of her surroundings. No one ever is prepared for being blindsided-- before dark, before 11 pm or after. Drunk drivers who kill are among the most reprehensible of human beings, the ultimate narcissists. It makes me tremble to think what they might have brought upon themselves.

This latest tragic loss of a young life full of promise and surrounded by love defies words. There is no recovery from such a loss; there is only hope and anticipation of a joy-filled reunion. The White family is in my prayers, that the Lord will console you all with that hope.

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soapy_725 09/14/12 - 09:47 am
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This latest tragic loss of a young life full of promise

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And for what? When will sanity rule? Each time there is outrage. How many young and old are to be sacrificed for the love of alcohol. Alcohol in excess is a debilitating drug. Should we place a little FDA sticker on the bottle like we do with narcotics that says "do not drive while using this drug"? The glorification of alcohol use as an enhancement to a happy life. Where is the happy now?

Proponents want to take away driving licenses from seniors but not drunks. "Who's impaired"? Whose insurance rates are lower because as a population they are safer drivers?

It is comparable to "sacrificing precious lives" to the false god of self indulgence.

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MarinerMan 09/14/12 - 10:27 am
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Thoughts and Prayers to the White Family

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Our thoughts and prayers are with the White family @ this time of need. While Jackson is much older, there are a massive number of pickups flying up and down Washington Road on any given night. Most are driven by teens that assemble @ Wal-Mart Evans. I agree with the above - DUI is a choice, and it should be punished much harsher than it is. To show how bad the problem is - go by the "DUI School" on Davis Road on the weekend. This is heart breaking...

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specsta 09/14/12 - 04:08 pm
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Drunk Drivers

Fiat_Lux wrote - "Drunk drivers who kill are among the most reprehensible of human beings..."

Agreed 100%.

I have been smashed into on two separate occasions by drunk drivers, both of whom got a literal slap on the wrist. There is no excuse for someone to get behind the wheel of a car intoxicated. I consider them to be the same as a lunatic shooting a gun around in a crowd, hoping no one gets hit and dies.

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