A Covington girl was life-flighted with serious injuries after a pickup truck ploughed into her passenger car at the intersection of Dixie Road and Elks Club Road on Monday, according to Newton County Sheriff's Office report.
Brooke Truelove, 18, was driving a 2000 silver Accura Integra heading north on Elks Club Road around 3:30 p.m. and pulled up to a stop sign at the intersection with Dixie Road.
According to witness Celia Anderson, who was picking up her kids at the nearby nursery and saw the accident, Truelove then continued across Dixie Road, not seeing the oncoming grey 2003 Chevrolet Silverado truck that had the right-of-way.
The truck, reportedly driven by John Means, 18, of Covington, was going at a fast speed and barreled into the Accura on the driver's side, pushing it up the road about a yard and into the embankment on the other side, she said.
Anderson described the truck as having oversized wheels and a brush guard on its front grille. The truck and truck's driver seemed unhurt, she said.
After alerting the nursery to call 911, Anderson went to the automobile.
Truelove was pushed nearly into the passenger side, said Anderson, but she was conscious and speaking, although she couldn't breathe very well and said her legs were going numb. She gave her name and a phone number for Anderson to contact Truelove's family.
Emergency personnel extricated Truelove from the car and prepared her for helicopter transportation to Grady Hospital, according to the Newton County Fire Department. She was described as being in good condition as of Thursday afternoon by a hospital spokesperson.
Anderson said she had spoken with Truelove's grandmother on Wednesday, who told her Truelove had a broken pelvis and compressed fracture of the spine but was stable.
In another accident that occurred earlier on Monday, Newton County Sheriff's Deputies received a call around 5:15 a.m. about a fatality at the intersection of Ga. Highway 138 and Gum Creek Road. Deputies found a 40-year-old woman from Monroe who appeared to have been ejected from the car and died on impact, said Lt. Mark Mitchell, NCSO spokesperson. The case is still under investigation.