Columbus Police and Fire rescue crews responded to the scene of a two car accident on Hwy 45 N across from Creekstone Chevron around 4:00pm Tuesday afternoon. Heather Suggs,of Steens, had nearly slowed to a stop while traveling south in the right lane of Hwy 45 when she was struck from behind by a 2004 Ford Ranger (Registered to Southern Pharmaceutical Research Co.) driven by Brandon Martinez of Pritchard Ln. in Columbus. Suggs’ 94 Ford f-150 Flare-side short bed was thrown over the curb and into the wide ditch in front of Carl Hogan Toyota. Mississippi Highway Patrol Public Affairs Officer Brian Mobley was waived down by concerned motorists within a minute of the accident, and alerted E-911 to dispatch rescue crews. Suggs had two young children in the car, both properly restrained. Her 5-yr-old son was holding his new puppy in his lap at the time of the accident, and when EMT’s came to check on him, he told them “him, it’s him, he hit us” pointing at Martinez.
[When Martinez came to apologize to the Suggs, the boy kicked at him, it was an admirable attempt of retribution, yet adorable at the same time -Ed]
The children and the puppy were unharmed. Suggs sustained moderate injuries to her neck and back, and was taken on a stretcher to a waiting BMH-GT ambulance and rushed to the hospital. Suggs truck missed ramming into a utility pole by less than one foot, but still sustained significant damage to the rear bumper and bed of the truck. Martinez told officials he thinks he may have fallen asleep at the wheel, only to wake up a split second before striking Suggs. It is believed Martinez had stayed up late the night before playing video games, hence his drowsy state.0