A Lumpkin County Sheriff’s Office deputy is recovering from injuries suffered on his drive home Sunday, April 15, in White County.
Georgia State Patrol responded around 7:37 a.m. Sunday to a three-vehicle wreck on Ga. 115 east of Ed Lewis Road.
Jarren Rece Clark, 18, of Woodstock, was driving westbound on Ga. 115 in a Toyota Tacoma while negotiating a left-hand curve. At the same time, Theresa McCain, 60, of Ball Ground, and Deputy Donald Steve Lewis, 50, were driving eastbound on the same roadway in their respective Honda Odyssey and Dodge Charger.
Clark’s Toyota Tacoma traveled onto the shoulder “causing Clark to overcorrect his steering,” said Cumming post commander Curtis Bradshaw.
“The Toyota Tacoma traveled across the centerline and struck the Honda Odyssey in the left front fender with its left front,” Bradshaw wrote in an email. “The Honda Odyssey traveled onto the south shoulder, struck a mailbox with its front, continued traveling through a yard, and came to rest in a ditch facing east.”
Clark’s Toyota Tacoma then rotated counterclockwise and was struck on its right side by Deputy Lewis’ patrol car.
All three were wearing seatbelts and were taken to Northeast Georgia Medical Center for non-life threatening injuries.
Bradshaw said charges were pending on Clark.
“Speed and alcohol were factors in this crash,” Bradshaw said, adding the road was wet from rain.
The Lumpkin County Sheriff’s Office said Lewis was recovering from several broken bones and lacerations.
“However, he is in good spirits and expected to recover from his injuries,” Lumpkin County Sheriff’s Office Lt. Alan Roach said in a statement.
Lewis has been a certified peace officer since 2010 and has worked with the Lumpkin County Sheriff’s Office since 2016.