COLUMBIA COUNTY, Ga. (WJBF) – A fatal accident in Columbia County has claimed the life of a young girl and her mother is now facing charges.
The accident happened around 12:49 P.M. in the area of Columbia Road and Stowe Drive near Woodlawn Baptist Church.
Columbia County investigators say that 29-year-old Samecia Smith was driving a 2011 Hyundai Elantra east on Columbia Road. She reportedly did not realize traffic had come to a stop., and swerved to avoid a rear end collision, driving right into oncoming traffic.
The report states she struck a westbound Jeep Cherokee.
Investigators say that 3-year-old Zora Paschal was in a car seat in the backseat and suffered severe head/brain injuries. She was reportedly killed instantly.
Her mother, Samecia Smith, will be facing charges as the driver at-fault.
Those travelling in the area are being advised by Columbia County Emergency Dispatch that one lane of Columbia Road is currently closed as emergency responders and investigators work the scene.
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