Just before midnight on Feb. 20, the Zebulon Police Department was involved in a vehicle pursuit, which ended in a fatality accident in Upson County.
“While on patrol in the area of Highway 19 south and Old Zebulon Road, one of our officers noted a vehicle traveling south, which was unable to maintain its lane and the driver showed signs of being intoxicated,” said Zebulon Police Department Sgt. Michael Johnson.
The officer attempted to conduct a traffic stop, at which time, the driver, later identified as 33-year-old Kennithia Williams of Atlanta, failed to stop and fled from the officer. During the pursuit, the driver swerved into the north bound lanes of Highway 19 while traveling southbound, as well as driving directly toward other citizens’ vehicles and striking one officer’s patrol vehicle. After striking the officer’s patrol vehicle, Williams drove through the parking lot of Shiloh Baptist church and onto Thomson Road. This turn forced the Zebulon Officer to make a u-turn to reengage in the pursuit.
The Pike County Sheriff’s Office, which was assisting as back up for the Zebulon officer, was behind the vehicle when it began driving extremely erraticly, swerving back and forth into both lanes of traffic on Thompson Road. The vehicle then left the roadway and flipped multiple times before stopping in the tree line. Once the vehicle came to a stop, Zebulon police officers and Pike County Sheriff’s deputies attempted to render aid, finding the passenger of the vehicle entrapped inside of the vehicle but alive and in need of emergency medical treatment.
The passenger was immediately transported to Atlanta Medical Center by helicopter and was later released after treatment of her injuries. The driver of the vehicle was found ejected from the vehicle and was later pronounced deceased by the Upson County Coroner, as the incident ended in Upson County. Since the accident involved an officer, the Georgia State Patrol was contacted to conduct the accident investigation.