A Royston man was injured when his vehicle struck a power pole at 9:30 p.m., May 15, on Hwy. 98 after his vehicle was struck by an alleged inebriated driver.
According to a report from C.E. Parker, spokesperson for the Athens Post of the Georgia State Patrol, Dale Presley, 40, Commerce was operating a Toyota Pickup westbound on Hwy. 98. Presley failed to maintain his lane and crossed into the eastbound lane of Hwy. 98, striking a Ford F-150 being driven by Lacey Stratton, 18, Royston.
After impact, Stratton’s vehicle struck a power pole. Presley complained of an injury but was not transported to the hospital while Stratton was transported by Madison County EMS to a hospital with a visible injury.
Presley was cited for failure to maintain lane and driving under the influence of drugs.
Other Madison County accidents investigated by the Georgia State Patrol this past week included:
•Margie Blackwell, 65, of Elberton was traveling north on Hwy. 172 at 7:28 a.m, May 18, when she lost control of her Mitsubishi Montero while attempting to negotiate a right hand curve on wet roads. She exited the roadway and struck a fence and a ditch before overturning and striking a second fence. Blackwell had to be extricated from the vehicle and was then transported to Athens Regional Medical Center by Madison County EMS.
•Bobbye Griffeth, 72, Colbert, was attempting to park her vehicle in a parking stall at Ingles Supermarket on Hwy. 29 in Hull at 2:37 p.m., May 18. She apparently pressed the gas instead of the brake in her 2011 Acura MDX. Griffeth’s vehicle struck the rear of a Chevy ElCamino occupied by Drew Copeland, 19, Danielsville. Griffeth’s vehicle then struck the front of a Chevy Tahoe occupied by Bonita Boss, 62, Athens. Griffeth’s vehicle continued and struck the passenger side of a parked Toyota Camry, which was then pushed into a parked Nissan Altima. Griffeth had a visible injury on her arm from the deployed air bag but refused transport to the hospital.