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McDuffie County crash kills Grovetown man

Posted: January 15, 2012 - 1:10am

McDuffie County crash kills Grovetown man

A 32-year-old Grovetown man died after a crash on Interstate 20 in McDuffie County Wednesday evening.

David Austin Balfour was traveling westbound near mile marker 166 in a 2001 Ford Explorer around 11:20 p.m. when the vehicle left the roadway, according to the Georgia State Patrol.

The driver overcorrected, causing the vehicle to become airborne and flip. It came to a rest at the bottom of a embankment.

Witnesses at the scene told officers the vehicle had been traveling at high speed prior to the incident.

Balfour, who was partially ejected, was pronounced dead shortly after midnight, McDuffie County Deputy Coroner Sammy Purvis said.

Balfour was not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash.

The following accounts were taken from reports from The Columbia County Sheriff’s Office. Additional reports are available at www.columbiacountyso.org:

Man charged with molesting girls

A Grovetown man was arrested Tuesday after being accused of molesting three young girls.

Justo Vazquez Espinosa, 38, of Williams Street, was charged with three counts of child molestation.

Espinosa is the boyfriend of a woman who babysat the three girls – ages 6, 7 and 9. Espinosa is accused of kissing and fondling all three girls multiple times in December, said Grovetown Department of Public Safety Investigator Donovan Jones.

One of the girls told her mother about the incidents, and the mother called police.

Espinosa was being held in the Columbia County Detention Center Thursday without bond, according to jail records.

Fight over car repossession

The owner of a Trenton, S.C., repossession company called deputies Monday after a Grovetown couple fought with his tow truck driver as he was attempting to repossess their daughter’s car.

The owner of Final Notice Towing told authorities that his driver was attempting to repossess an Oldsmobile Intrigue on Chastain Drive. The driver called him to allow him to speak to the owner and her parents. Over the phone, the man said he heard a fight and yelling.

The driver told deputies that he had lifted the car with the tow boom when the owner and her parents came outside and jumped onto the trunk. When the father tried to make arrangements for the car to stay, the driver said he would need to contact the lien holder. The driver called his boss, who spoke to the car owner, then told the driver to drop the car and get it later. As he released the car and as the owner drove away in it, the tow boom hit her mother’s foot.

The car owner’s father claimed the driver ran over his wife’s foot. He allegedly threatened to beat up the driver and pushed him as the driver left.

The father told deputies his wife was standing near the back of the car when the driver pulled forward, running over her foot with the tow boom. The man said the driver got out of the car apologizing, but he pushed the driver and told him to get back in the truck.

Because of conflicting statements, the deputy was not able to determine how the woman’s foot was injured.

The owner of the tow truck company declined to prosecute.

Naked photos
sent to girl’s phone

A Grovetown woman told authorities Monday that someone sent numerous sexually suggestive messages and a pornographic photo to her daughter’s cell phone.

The 49-year-old said her daughter allowed a friend to use her cell phone on the school bus just days prior to send a text message to an unknown male. That male started texting her daughter, sending 287 messages to the girl between Jan. 6 and Monday.

Some of the messages were sexually suggestive and included a photo of a nude male from the chest down.

Golf car used in theft

A Martinez woman told deputies Wednesday that someone used her golf car to steal her TV.

The 42-year-old said someone stole a $4,000 golf car from her Bellerive Circle driveway and used to it take a $1,000 television from her open, outdoor pavilion.

The West Lake security guard later found the golf car parked on the side of the road on Turnberry Lane. The golf car was returned, but the television was not found.

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