Two killed in separate crashes
Two Columbia County residents died from injuries received in vehicle crashes Monday and Wednesday, with alcohol suspected as a factor in both.
The latest was Jordan Elizabeth White, 19, of Springlakes Drive, who died at 12:42 p.m. Thursday at Medical College of Georgia Hospital, said Columbia County Coroner Vernon Collins.
The 2011 Evans High School graduate was studying at Augusta State University and worked at Firehouse Subs, according to her Facebook page.
She was airlifted to the hospital after the wreck, which occurred just before midnight Wednesday.
White’s passengers, Corey Davis, 19, of Cyndee Circle in Martinez, and Clinton Guyman, 22, of Belglade Road in Grovetown, were taken to the hospital by ambulance, according to a Columbia County sheriff’s report.
Charges are pending against Lucky Wade Jackson Jr., 43, of Buxton Drive in Evans, pending the results of a blood-alcohol test, sheriff’s Capt. Steve Morris said.
White was turning left from Ronald Reagan Drive about 11:45 p.m. to head east on Washington Road when Jackson, driving a Ford F-250 truck, ran the red light heading west, hitting the driver’s side of White’s Honda Accord, according to the report.
Jackson’s truck then crossed the center line and hit a stopped tractor-trailer, according to the report.
Jackson suffered minor injuries and was treated and released from MCG. The driver of the tractor-trailer wasn’t injured.
On Monday, Alejandro Reyes-Romero, 35, of Hereford Farm Road in Evans, died after he was ejected from a vehicle in which he was riding. He was not wearing a seat belt, Deputy Coroner Harriett Garrison said.
Alfonzo Nelle-Lopez, 28, of Hereford Farm Road, was charged with first-degree vehicular homicide, driving under the influence, open container, failure to maintain lane and driving without a license.
Nelle-Lopez lost control of his vehicle on Columbia Road about 7:15 p.m. Monday and went off the road, an incident report said. The vehicle skidded across oncoming lanes and onto the opposite shoulder and rolled at least once. Reyes-Romero died at the scene.
The following accounts were taken from reports from The Columbia County Sheriff’s Office.
Man charged with stabbing girlfriend
A Martinez woman called authorities Monday after her boyfriend stabbed her in the leg.
The 37-year-old woman said she and her boyfriend, Timothy David Reese, 44, of Allison Road, were arguing about their relationship at about 11 a.m. when he pulled her hair and choked her.
While the woman was in the bedroom, she said Reese got a knife. She was sitting on the bed when she said Reese came in and pressed the knife handle against her stomach.
The woman said Reese yelled that he wanted her dead and wanted to kill her.
As she tried to get away, the tip of the knife went into her leg just above the knee. She ran to a neighbor’s house and called 911.
Reese was arrested and charged with aggravated assault and possession of a knife during the commission of a crime. He was being held in the Columbia County Detention Center on a $32,700 bond, according to jail records.
Woman chases breast-grabber
A Martinez woman said she chased a man who grabbed her breast as she shopped Tuesday night.
The 30-year-old woman said she was shopping at Kroger on Washington Road in Evans at about 10:45 p.m. when a man walked up behind her and grabbed her breast.
When the woman turned and asked the man what he was doing and he said he was sorry and that he was drunk.
The woman screamed for help and the man ran away. She chased him out of the store and into a dark green car.
A store employee told deputies that he saw a man run out of the store, but didn’t see the assault. He said the man was wearing a green shirt and blue jeans.
Candy stolen from club
The manager of a Martinez tennis club told deputies Tuesday that someone broke into a building there and stole candy.
The manager of Petersburg Racquet Club on The Pass said between 10 p.m. Monday and 6:30 a.m. Tuesday someone burglarized the pump house and guard shack of the swimming pool area.
He said someone climbed the fence into the pool area and broke a small window to get into the guard shack. The burglar stole a “quantity of candy,” worth $25, from inside.