Colin Krieger/The Packet
A local couple will be in the market for new storage shed after theirs was destroyed by an uninsured motorist early Monday morning. The Lowndes County Sheriff’s Office reported that Shameka Hairston was traveling north on Ridge Road at approximately 6:45 a.m. Monday when she claims a southbound white Ford pickup swerved into her lane and caused her to lose control. Hairston, who turns 21 next week, lost control of her 2008 Chevy Malibu and left the roadway, crashing through a 10 x 20 foot storage shed in front of a home at 1889 Ridge Road. The sedan took out the front end of the shed, and then continued across the lawn of the home before coming to rest mere inches away from an established magnolia tree (Magnolia grandiflora.)
“It sounded like an explosion,” said homeowner Pattie Ming. “I looked right up and saw her sliding across my yard.”
The shed, which belongs to Pattie and her husband Chess, contained a small shop where her husband worked and stored tools. More importantly, Ming said her husband’s new Harley Davidson motorcycle may have very well been totaled in the incident.
“It looks like the front forks got twisted,” Pattie Ming said.”We’re going to have to transport it a long way to get it checked out.”
Ming, who has worked for 24 years at MGM body shop in Lowndes County, told The Packet that total damages could exceed $30,000, and that she had just learned that Haistson appears to have been uninsured at the time of the accident. She said she is working with her own insurance company to repair the damages.
A neighbor who spoke with The Packet said he saw Hairston pass his nearby home at speeds of at least 60 MPH. He also contends that there was no truck in the other lane that swerved at Hairston.
“She lost control – plain and simple. You can tell by them skid marks,” he said, motioning to a long set of four black marks on the roadway. [The four parallel skidmarks indicate both that the car was travelling at a relatively high speed and that it was sliding sideways. In addition, the front right tire was torn off the rim, which is also indicative that the car had tremendous sideways force applied to it. The theory of the oncoming vehicle will likely remain, but I doubt there is any question about speed playing a factor. The curb weight of the motorcycle is about 900lbs, and the bike was thrown about eight feet in the air – after the car had skidded on dry pavement and after it had struck the metal shed. To her credit, Mrs. Ming seemed to be much more worried that the young woman was OK than the damage done to her home. It appears any restitution the Mings may receive will have to be garnered through the courts. -CK] 0