About 4:20 p.m., a Honda sport utility vehicle veered off Ray Owens Road in front of North Columbia Elementary School, according to Columbia County sheriff’s Capt. Steve Morris. The vehicle ran through a ditch and hit a tree.
There were two people in the SUV – the driver, Marina Middlebrook, and a female toddler in the back seat, Morris said. Middlebrook, 27, was airlifted to Georgia Regents Medical Center, where she was in surgery Thursday night, Morris said. There was no further information on the toddler.