Madonna Lynette Simmons, 41, of Macon, was transported to the Medical Center of Central Georgia following the Aug. 28 accident and died later that evening from the injuries she received.
According to a report of the accident by the first officer on the scene, Jones County Deputy Rod Whitehead, Richard Eugene Young was driving a 2003 Pontiac Vibe, traveling northbound in the right lane of Georgia Highway 49 about 5 p.m. He told the officer that he attempted to change lanes and did not see the 2000 Mitsubishi driven by Alicia Ethridge to his rear in the lane beside him.
When the Pontiac driven by Young entered her lane, Ethridge hit her brakes to avoid hitting him, and her car hydroplaned into oncoming traffic. The Mitsubishi hit Simmons’ Pontiac Sunfire head on. Ethridge and a passenger in her car were both transported to the Medical Center.
Young was not injured.