Two vehicles, an SUV and a Bainbridge Public Safety patrol car, had to be towed away from the scene of a mid-day Tuesday accident on Shotwell Street in Bainbridge.
The accident happened shortly before 11:30 a.m. at the intersection of Shotwell Street and Collier Street. A Jeep Cherokee driven by 18-year-old Megan Smith of Bainbridge was traveling west on Shotwell Street toward downtown, while a 2015 Ford Interceptor police vehicle driven by BPS Officer Tim McCain was headed eastbound on Shotwell Street, according to the Georgia State Patrol.
Trooper First Class Meed Kelley, of the GSP’s Colquitt, Ga., post, said Smith was attempting to turn left (or south) onto Collier Street, and her vision was partially blocked by another vehicle that was preparing to turn onto North Collier Street at the same intersection. Smith began to make her turn and the Jeep Cherokee moved into the path of the BPS patrol car driven by Officer McCain.
McCain’s police car went off the street into the front yard of First State Bank and came to rest. The Jeep Cherokee spun around and came to rest in the intersection.
The collision was forceful enough to set off airbags in both vehicles, however, neither driver was injured. The front end of the Jeep Cherokee was badly damaged, while the driver’s front quarter panel had moderate damage.