A 14-year-old Columbia Middle School student remains in fair condition this morning with injuries he received in a Monday crash in which his mother died.
Janet Davis Trum, 55, of Crowne Pointe Drive in Martinez, died shortly after being transported by ambulance from the crash, said Columbia County Deputy Coroner Harriett Garrison.
Trum was driving a 2004 Chevy Malibu west on Columbia Road shortly after 7 a.m. Monday, taking her son, Jonathan Trum, to Columbia Middle School. She apparently didn’t see a Pete Alewine Pool and Spa truck pulling a utility trailer in front of her that had stopped to turn left into the Sample & Son inert landfill, according to Columbia County sheriff’s Sgt. A.J. Lyons.
Trum appeared to have never applied the brakes, Columbia County Sheriff Clay Whittle said. She swerved to the right at the last second and caught the front left corner of her car on the rear right corner of the trailer.
The collision peeled the left side of the car off and tore the vehicle in two.
Jonathan was airlifted to Georgia Health Sciences University Hospital where he was listed in fair condition.
The driver of the truck – Gaudencio Sanchez, 34, of Grovetown – was not injured.
Lyons said all the safety equipment, including lights, on the trailer were working properly.
The driver and passenger of the car both were wearing seat belts, said Columbia County Sheriff's Capt. Steve Morris.