One dead, another injured after Sunday crash involving cotton module and vehicles (UPDATED with names)

One person died and two others were injured after a Sunday crash in Decatur County involving a cotton module, a pickup truck and an SUV, according to the Georgia State Patrol.

The accident happened on Sunday, October 11 at 12:55 p.m., at the intersection of Vada Road and Whigham Dairy Road, according to an accident report filed by Trooper First Class Thornton Anderson with the Georgia State Patrol’s Colquitt, Ga., post. The crash involved three vehicles: a Ford Ranger, a Kenworth cotton module and a Jeep Cherokee.

The Ford Ranger and the Jeep both were traveling west on Vada Road. The Jeep, driven by 29-year-old Ashley Nicole Laye of Bainbridge, was following the Ford. The Kenworth, driven by Warren Aaron Martinez, 56, of Texas, was traveling east on Vada Road.

The driver of the Ford Ranger, Dimas Bac-huerta, 78, of Climax, was attempting to make a left turn onto Whigham Dairy Road to travel south. Mr. Bac-Huerta turned in front of the Kenworth causing a collision. The front of the Ford struck the front of the Kenworth. The Ford then rotated clockwise and struck the left side of the Jeep.  The Ford then came to rest in the center of the roadway. The Kenworth came to rest on the south shoulder and the Jeep came to rest on the north shoulder of Vada Road.

Bac-Huerta was transported by Grady EMS ambulance to Archbold Hospital in Thomasville, Ga., where he later passed away. The driver of the Kenworth was not injured. Laye, the driver of the Jeep Cherokee, had a non-incapacitating head injury and was taken to Memorial Hospital in Bainbridge by ambulance. Her two passengers, both children, were in child restraint systems and were not injured.

There will not be any charges filed in connection with the crash, according to Cpl. M.A. Storey with the GSP’s Colquitt post.

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