GSP says crash caused by impaired driver

A Waynesboro woman was cited for DUI following a wreck last week in which one of her passenger’s was severely injured.

According to a report from the Georgia State Patrol, the single vehicle crash happened around 11 p.m. on Sunday, May 17, at the 800 block of Hancock Landing Road. The driver, Lauren Olivia Brown, 36, reportedly lost control of her sports model Infiniti while maneuvering a curve, traveling 234 feet on the right shoulder of Hancock Landing before reentering the roadway for another 205 feet in a counterclockwise motion. The vehicle then exited the roadway on the left shoulder, striking the culvert of a residential driveway and its mailbox.

While the front of the passenger side initially hit the culvert, troopers noted in the report, “The rear passenger’s side … was sufficiently airborne that the actual mailbox, not the post, was struck.” After impact, the vehicle went airborne again, overturned, then traveled in the air another 41 feet before hitting the ground and sliding another 34 feet to its resting place.

Brown was booked on May 20, for DUI (alcohol) and failure to maintain lane. She and two passengers, Katelyn Miller, 27, and Julia Conner, 20, both of Waynesboro, were all transported to Augusta University Medical Center. Brown and Miller were reportedly released the following day. Conner, who suffered a broken back among other injuries, was released on Monday, May 25.

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